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S. 3835: SCRIPT Act

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Are too many Hollywood films being edited at Beijing’s request?


Some major American films have censored or altered for the Chinese market.

Adam Sandler’s 2015 fantasy comedy *Pixels *changed an explosion at the Great Wall of China to the Taj Mahal. 2012’s action thriller *Red Dawn *altered the antagonists from Chinese soldiers to North Korean ones. 2016 superhero movie *Doctor Strange *changed a wise elder character from Tibetan — a source of controversy due to Tibet’s contentious relationship with China — to white.

Why? Because within the next few years, China is poised to overtake the U.S. as the largest market for theatrical movies. In 2019, the U.S./Canada box office earned $11.4 billion, a decline from the year prior. China box office earned ...

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Last Updated: May 21, 2020
Length: 7 pages
May 21, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on May 21, 2020

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on May 21, 2020. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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May 21, 2020

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S. 3835 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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