The Chinese communist regime, which controls what can be seen, heard, and read in China, removed from the promotional posters of the movie ‘Dune’ the black British actress who has one of the leading roles in the classic science fiction film based on a 1960s novel.
British actress Sharon Duncan-Brewster who stars as Dr. Liet Kynes, an environmentalist turned diplomat tasked with mediating between the new Atreides government and the local desert dwellers, was directly removed from the movie’s promotional posters.
According to Daily Mail, Chinese authorities said the accusations were a ‘smear’ but did not answer specifically why the black actress’s face was removed from the promotion of Dune.
Chinese Communist Party has a history of racism
In 2015 with the release of the new Star Wars trilogy, black actor John Boyega’s face was dramatically reduced from the original poster used in the rest of the world to promote the movie ‘The Force Awakens.’
Activists have accused major Hollywood studios of modifying their films so as not to ‘upset’ the CCP, which threatens to censor any film it may deem sensitive.
In 2016 with the release of the highly anticipated Dr. Strange film starring Benedict Cumberbatch, the same screenwriter altered one of his most important characters, the Ancient One, who passed on teachings to Dr. Strange to ‘awaken’ and become a hero.
The Ancient One was originally a Tibetan monk, but he was played by actress Tilda Swinton, a Caucasian woman in the final product.
Robert Cargill, the Marvel screenwriter who made the modification, said, according to The Guardian:
The Ancient One “originates from Tibet, so if you acknowledge that Tibet is a place and that he’s Tibetan, you risk alienating one billion people who think that that’s bullshit and risk the Chinese government going, ‘Hey, you know one of the biggest film-watching countries in the world? We’re not going to show your movie because you decided to get political.”
According to an April 2020 Forbes report, it alleges that in Guangzhou province, authorities blamed the black community for hundreds of ‘imported’ cases of COVID-19 that came from the commercial district known as ‘Little Africa.’
They forced all black residents of the province, “regardless of their previous circumstances or how long they have been in Guangzhou,” to stay in quarantine for 14 days.
With the announcement, the Chinese began kicking out their black tenants and not letting them into stores.
A viral video from April 2020 also shows two Chinese from a shopping mall security telling a black woman accompanied by her white friend that she could not enter and should leave.
The black woman asked for explanations as to why she could not, but her friend could, but the security men only responded with a gesture pointing to the exit.
A post on social media showed a sign at a McDonald’s restaurant in Guangzhou that read, “We have been informed that from now on black people are not allowed to enter the restaurant.”
The post went viral, and the American chain was forced to issue an apology.