In an astonishingly impudent move, the government of communist China attacked and tried to “cancel” the Statue of Liberty. Communists wanted to have it cut out of the new Spiderman film.
Communist China leader Xi Jinping, a good friend of Russian tyrant Vladimir Putin, has become increasingly totalitarian and dystopian over the past decade.
He is also threatening global order by preparing to invade US ally Taiwan.
Communist Beijing Really Hates Liberty
In late 2021, the Xi regime tried to force Hollywood filmmakers to ban scenes with the Statue of Liberty from “Spiderman: No Way Home.”
The company behind the film, Sony Pictures, allegedly managed to reject the demand of the Chinese communist regime, even as its corporate executives were scrambling to get a release date to air in China, a report by Puck revealed.
Eventually, Sony Pictures did lose millions and millions of dollars in revenue because the latest Spiderman film was never released in China.
The report cites multiple sources as saying China’s communist censors wanted to have the Statue of Liberty “digitally removed” from the film.
The impudence of the Chinese dictatorship knew no limits. After Sony Pictures rejected the initial demand, the communists asked whether the filmmaker could “minimize” the presence of the Statue of Liberty by “darkening the lighting” and “cutting” out key shots.
Sony Pictures rejected that as well.
“Spiderman: No Way Home” went ahead to gross a whopping $805 million in North America. However, Sony Pictures never explained publicly why the film got banned from a release in China.
The blockbuster Spiderman film was made in a partnership between Columbia Pictures, which is owned by Sony, and Marvel Studios, owned by Disney, with Sony Pictures in charge of the distribution.
Multiple sources have noted that #SpiderManNoWayHome was denied release in China due to Chinese authorities requesting Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures remove the Statue of Liberty from the ending of the movie – which was refused by Sony. pic.twitter.com/Kel8wghA5E
— Spider-Man: No Way Home Updates (@spideyupdated) May 2, 2022
Kudos to @Sony for not selling out and removing the Statue of Liberty at Chinas request in the movie 'Spider – Man No Way Home' I applaud you greatly 👏 🙌 🇺🇲 #Sony #Spiderman #Marvel #DontBackDown
— HardKnox (@Dip_N_Doppz) May 4, 2022
Sony in China has been asked to delete Statue of Liberty scenes from Spiderman release in China.
What they will do? Delete whole climax as whole climax has three spideys swinging around the statue of Liberty.😃
Don't know what's happening around the world. ,
— Pradeep (@pradeepKarunadu) May 3, 2022
Whoa. I'm actually very proud of @SonyPictures for having the courage to stand up to a totalitarian state, & say no. I've been avoiding Marvel films of late, but I will buy a copy of the newest Spiderman for this. I would encourage others to do the same. https://t.co/sEHW6xTk0O
— Matthew Carey (@RealTsavo) May 4, 2022
Chinese authorities had one request for Sony to secure a #SpiderManNoWayHome release in China — remove the Statue of Liberty 🗽
The film was never released
(via @PuckNews) pic.twitter.com/FWcRAGflVM
— Culture Crave 🍿 (@CultureCrave) May 2, 2022
Dr. Strange Film Banned over Newsstand and Lesbianism
For the time being, Sony hasn’t commented publicly on the revelation that it wanted to cancel the Statue of Liberty.
The last film that Marvel Studios released in China was “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” back in 2019, when it made $200 million in Chinese theaters.
Last week, the Chinese Communist censorship also banned another Marvel film, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.”
While the Xi dictatorship hasn’t explained the reasons for that, it is widely believed the film outraged the Communist Party of China because its trailer shows a split-second shot of a newsstand.
The newsstand in question happens to contain an issue of The Epoch Times, a NYC-based news company associated with Falun Gong, a Chinese religious movement banned and persecuted in communist China.
The Epoch Times has naturally been highly critical of the Chinese Communist Party, Xi Jinping, and his regime.
Another potential cause could be the same reason that caused the film to be banned in Saudi Arabia, namely, that it features a lesbian character.
I guess they view it as American propaganda or something.
But that's not why doctor strange got baned. It was baned because they refused to edit a lgbt scene out.
Spiderman no way home was baned for the Statue of Liberty.
— Safidraws (Commissions open!) (@Safidraws) May 3, 2022
So the Statue of Liberty is banned in China. They might as well ban the White House, the Capitol, but oh, what about Disneyland Shanghai (ok that's with Chinese characteristics)….
Sony rejected China’s demand to scrub Statue Of Liberty from ‘Spiderman’https://t.co/L2dLuwJ53f
— Charles Mok 莫乃光 (@charlesmok) May 3, 2022
@JustinTrudeau This is what #censorship looks like, you sicko.
China is blocking the latest Spiderman movie because Sony will not remove the Statue of Liberty. I guess people just seeing the Statue of Liberty, may end up with impure thoughts.https://t.co/h3FuCCqzPp
— Bruce McGonigal (@bruce_mcgonigal) May 4, 2022