It’s no secret these days that nearly every aspect of the Hollywood business model is beholden to China, now the world’s largest movie market. As a recent story in The Atlantic put it, “China has simply become too lucrative for Hollywood to resist.”
Examples of this assertion abound. Disney rewrote a major character in “Doctor Strange” to become a white woman rather than a Tibetan man to avoid triggering Chinese Communist Party censors.
The studio later took pains to offer special thanks to Xinjiang authorities for their permission to film “Mulan” in the region despite its notorious record of human rights violations against the Uyghurs. Meanwhile, on the streaming front, it proactively scrubbed several Simpsons episodes from its Hong Kong platform.