6/15/07

LOL! N00b Chinamen!

According to this Reuters article, China has censored my current favorite movie, "The Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," for "vilifying and defacing the Chinese." Captain Sao Feng (Chow Yun-Fat), who already has a short role in the film, has been cut down to 10 minutes. From the article:
It [the report from the Xinhua news agency] cited local magazine The Popular Cinema as saying: "The captain played by Chow is bald, his face heavily scarred. He also has a long beard and long nails, whose image is still in line with Hollywood's old tradition of demonizing the Chinese."

"Chinese censors also cut Chow's line in which he states 'Welcome to Singapore' because it hints Singapore is a land of pirates ...," Xinhua added.
Well, that's interesting.

Yes. Yes. Let's sensor the movie even more! As I remember, it's also vilifying the East India Company. Britain doesn't need that kind of abuse. And let's cut out Keith Richards' part! After all, the man may be an immoral rock star, but certainly he's not a villain! And what's up with Bill Nighy vilifying the tale of the benevolent Davy Jones?

Alright, China, I'm well aware of your censory over-load, but come on! Every single one of the characters in the Pirates movies is a villain! We're not denying there were pirates in our past. Maybe your citizens would trust you a bit more if you were honest enough to admit that there were pirates in your past.


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