By prioritizing financial gains in markets like China and Saudi Arabia, Hollywood is unlikely to accept "critical content".
Judd Apatow refuses to let Hollywood off the hook for getting censored in international markets like China for financial rewards. During a conversation with MSNBC's Ari Melber about "Mavericks with Ari Melber," Apatow criticized Hollywood for staying away from content and / or cutting out content that is critical for certain countries in order to make money.
"A lot of these huge companies do business with countries all over the world, Saudi Arabia or China, and they just won't criticize them," Apatow said, "and they won't let their shows criticize them or". They won't be broadcasting documentaries that delve deep into the truth because they make so much money. "
Apatow added, "As we go, can we say this joke, can't we say this joke?" On a much larger scale, they have just completely dropped critical content about human rights violations in China, and I think that is much more frightening. "
For example, the director of Knocked Up and King of Staten Island said the studios would shoot him if he ever made a film about a man who escaped from Chinese concentration camps and the incarceration of Muslim Uyghurs in the Chinese Xinjiang Province. Disney recently came under fire for filming part of its live-action film "Mulan" in Xinjiang and using the film's credits to thank "the advertising department of the CPC Xinjiang Uighur Autonomy Region Committee." Over a million Uighur Muslims were reportedly arrested in the region.
"Instead of doing business with China and China becoming freer, a place has happened where China bought our silence with their money," Apatow said. "We need a movie that says, 'Hey guys, North Korea is abused," and the consequences of that could be, if you wanted to put that up today nobody would ever consider it, but as a result, we wake up our country or the world never through art or satire that people in our country or in other countries are mistreated. So that's very dangerous. "
In addition to censoring content, Hollywood studios have also included China-friendly content in certain films to ensure a theatrical release in the country. For example, Rian Johnson's "Looper" has been famously rewritten to include China in its storyline so that the film can bypass China's strict quota for foreign films. When filmmakers take a stand against China (see Quentin Tarantino Refusing to Carry Out the Bruce Lee Scene in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), their films are banned from the country and risk losing a significant percentage of their box office. China is the second largest cash register market in the world after the USA.