Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) made a proposal on Thursday, Feb. 18, to ban the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) from investing money in the entertainment industry and dissolve existing partnerships with Chinese companies.
As part of his Beat China initiative the Cotton laid out a plan to unlink U.S. business from the CCP, focusing on telecommunications, semiconductors, medical, and others.
According to Breitbart, Cotton said, “We need to beat this evil empire and consign the Chinese Communists—just like the Bolsheviks—to the ash heap of history.”
Cotton’s offensive is in response to the growing influence and manipulation of the CCP in the U.S. entertainment arena, which in recent years has seen case after case of censorship and pro-China propaganda in movies and programs.
The senator highlighted that the CCP uses different tactics to influence Westerners’ opinion of the Party and in this case, has been using the widespread reach of films from major production companies by financing them to modify their content to positively portray the CCP.
“The United States must realize that culture and information are battlefields in the competition with China,” Cotton wrote. “To that end, America must ensure that Hollywood can produce its content free of malign foreign influence and that the CCP has no control over what Americans can watch.”
Cotton’s proposal includes banning CCP money from streaming services, TV shows, theaters, and cinemas, and dissolving existing partnerships with Chinese companies.
Hollywood’s greed and malice, an obstacle to the proposal
One of Disney’s latest productions, “Mulan,” was heavily criticized and there was even a boycott call because parts of the film were made in Xinjiang uighur Autonomous Region, where the CCP has hundreds of thousands of Uighur Muslims imprisoned in concentration camps where they are forced to work for free, tortured, women are forcibly sterilized, and even killed as part of the CCP’s “ethnic cleansing.”
The production company even thanked the Xinjiang security forces (quite possibly they are the ones carrying out the persecution of the Uighurs) in their credits and despite the negative repercussions, they offered no apologies or regrets.
The recent death of conservative broadcaster Rush Limbaugh hinted at the heartlessness of a host of “celebrities” who used their Twitter accounts to pour out their hatred.
Comments like “cancer killed cancer,” “rot in purgatory,” “enjoy hell,” and dozens more some even not printable flooded the celebrities’ social media.
The CCP decides what can be seen and who can work
In 2019, the sequel to the famous movie “Top Gun” starring Tom Cruise, had to change the protagonist’s original jacket showing a Taiwanese and Japanese flag on his back as the CCP does not recognize Taiwan as a sovereign country and has always considered Japan an enemy.
In 2017 the famous actor Richard Gere, said in an interview, “There are definitely movies that I can’t be in because the Chinese will say, ‘Not with him’.”
Gere a Buddhist himself, has been a vocal critic of the CCP for its occupation of Tibet, where the communist regime has also persecuted and subjugated its inhabitants under the excuse of “bringing them civilization.”
As early as 1993, the actor was banned from hosting the Academy Awards after he decided to denounce China’s occupation of Tibet and its “horrendous, horrendous human rights situation.” Gere also called for a boycott of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
“Entertainment executives must understand that the CCP, while a profitable partner in the short term, is ultimately hostile to their freedom and creativity,” Cotton warned major corporations.
He added, “They must be willing to face down this threat, as brave artists have done with past totalitarian regimes, by placing their ideals ahead of their short-term financial interests.”