MovieChat Forums > Top Gun: Maverick (2021) Discussion > Communist Party of China Approves

Glad I'm not the only one who noticed.

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That's pathetic.

The West, used to lead the free world, now bowing to China and Islam.

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It's a business decision. Considering that not getting released in China could literally cost the studio $150 million or so dollars, I can't blame them for switching out a patch.

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Right, so let's dispose of the free people of Taiwan and appease a communist dictatorship just to make a few more millions. Great idea.

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Right, they "disposed of the free people of Taiwan" by switching out a patch on a jacket that no one would've noticed had it not been for some Internet obsessives who spotted it and wrote an article about it.

99.9% of moviegoers would never have been able to tell you what all was on that jacket in the first place.

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Yeah, that's the whole point. That's why it's so terrible. They are changing history to appease a dictatorship, and yet very few people will notice. This is akin to the 'Ministry of Truth' in 1984 tampering with documents to change history as people knew it. It will only be one more generation until people just accept as fact that Taiwan is part of China even though that is not true, and movies like this are doing a great job of pushing that agenda.

And I noticed this immediately when I saw the promo poster. I didn't need an article to tell me that the patch changed.

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As a red-blooded, freedom-loving American I support Taiwan's independence and always have.

But I don't think that Top Gun is going to play a role in that conflict either way. And there is a legitimate narrative reason for the new patch: It commemorates that events at the end of the first film, events that had not yet taken place when Maverick sewed the Taiwan patch onto his jacket. The update makes sense in terms of the story.

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Money talks

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MSM: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/top-gun-maverick-trailer-sparks-controversy-tom-cruise-jacket-1225993

But even without the direct involvement of Chinese investors, Hollywood studios have for years avoided storylines, characters or even visual elements that could conceivably cause offense to either Beijing authorities or nationalistic segments of the Chinese audience.

Given Beijing's historically fraught relationship with both Taiwan and Japan, the reference to Washington's military alliance with Taipei and Tokyo on Cruise's original bomber jacket very well could catch the attention of Beijing censors and Chinese filmgoers, who are no less eagle-eyed in their scrutiny of film details than American fans appear to be.

For the better part of a decade, the U.S. studios have been careful to portray China in an unfailingly positive, or neutral, light. Film projects casting a critical eye on the China of the past or present — Seven Years in Tibet, for example, or Richard Gere's Red Corner, which criticized China's legal system — haven't gotten made since the 1990s. Instead, China has tended to be portrayed — if at all — as a thoroughly stabilizing and technologically advanced partner, as in the finale of Ridely Scott's The Martian or Roland Emmerich's 2012.

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wow, fucking disgusting......

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Couldn't they just have CGId out the patches and replaced them with China friendly ones for the Chinese release? I mean, China will undoubtedly have their own cut anyway. What's a couple of thousand $ for continuity.

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exactly why was there a japan and Taiwan flag on the jacket in the first movie?

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In the 1986 film, the patch read, “Far East Cruise 63-4 USS Galveston” and featured flags for the U.S., the United Nations, Japan, and Taiwan. According to Taiwan News, the patch references an actual U.S. Navy guided-missile cruiser that was deployed to the waters surrounding Taiwan and Japan.

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i see, thanks...... kinda strange that US navy personnel would wear a Japanese flag on their clothing only 40 years removed from WW2, where america and japan fought the most gruesome battles of WW2.... that of course also included Japan's attack on the US navy at pearl harbour!

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I hope Taiwan bans the movie. Because that's the only thing it would take for this to reach global news. Which then would force the makers to backtrack and edit them in again.

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