The New Evil Empire

In the 1980’s, Hollywood did not give a fuck when painting the Soviet Union as the the Evil Empire in every movie.  Think of the 1984 release of Red Dawn, where the Soviet Union with the help of Cuban comrades invade a small town Colorado.  Remember Rambo III, when John Rambo travels to pre-Taliban Afghanistan to rescue his war buddy captured by the Soviet army fighting the Mujahideen.

Of course, the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 but the threat of communist nations still linger with an iron grip on power, think North Korea and China.  Except for a cartoony stop animation of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il in Team America: World Police released in 2004 there has been no film put out by the big Hollywood studios in the last 20 years that is critical of China’s policies.

It is well known that the Chinese government are actively committing what many consider human rights violations against the ethnic Uyghurs and Tibetans.  Additionally, in the last 20 years, China has taken a more belligerent stance in the world stage, including building a military base in the middle of the highly contested territory in the South China Sea, over 1,000 miles from mainland China.  It is widely suspected that China has hacked the federal government’s Office of Personal Management, the HR of the US government, and may have comprised personal information of government employees, federal contractors, and possibly even “state department contractors”, aka CIA agents.  It has been reported, but not investigated by the media that the CIA covert network in China went completely dark in 2012, most likely because the Chinese military hacked the communication methods and procedures followed by the CIA handlers and their local informants.

It feels like the large Hollywood studios, like most companies and even nations, are turning a blind eye at the injustices being committed by the Chinese government, the Communist Party of China, all for the short term illusion of gaining access into the Chinese market.

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