Vietnam has banned Warner Bros’ highly-anticipated movie Barbie from home distribution over a scene that includes a map that presentations China’s unilaterally claimed territory within the South China Sea, state media reported on Monday.
The U-shaped “nine-dash line” is used on Chinese language maps let’s say its claims over huge spaces of the South China Sea, together with swathes of what Vietnam considers its continental shelf, the place it has awarded oil concessions.
Barbie is the most recent film to be banned in Vietnam for depicting China’s arguable nine-dash line, which used to be repudiated in a world arbitration ruling through a courtroom in The Hague in 2016. China refuses to acknowledge the ruling.
In 2019 the Vietnamese govt pulled DreamWorks’ animated movie Abominable and closing 12 months it banned Sony’s motion film Uncharted for a similar reason why. Netflix additionally got rid of an Australian undercover agent drama Pine Hole in 2021.
Barbie, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, used to be at the beginning slated to open in Vietnam on July 21, the similar date as in the US, in step with state-run Tuoi Tre newspaper.
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“We don’t grant license for the American film ‘Barbie’ to unencumber in Vietnam as it accommodates the offending symbol of the nine-dash line,” the paper reported, mentioning Vi Kien Thanh, head of the Division of Cinema, a central authority frame accountable for licensing and censoring international movies.
Warner Bros didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Vietnam and China have lengthy had overlapping territorial claims to a doubtlessly energy-rich stretch within the South China Sea.
The Southeast Asian nation has again and again accused Chinese language vessels of violating its sovereignty.