Warner Bros. Bows to China! Censors Gay Dialogue in ‘Fantastic Beasts: Secrets of Dumbledore’

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Assessment: The CCP has also implemented a cultural plan to cultivate masculinity in Chinese boys by banning so-called “sissy men” in entertainment …

Warner Bros. has bowed to Chinese authorities by removing gay dialogue from its blockbuster sequel Fantastic Beasts: Secrets of Dumbledore, with the studio justifying its act of artistic censorship by describing it as “nuanced cuts” and “minor edits.”

The Hollywood studio confirmed to multiple news outlets that it edited out about six seconds of dialogue alluding to the romantic past between Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) and Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen). The cuts won’t affect the U.S. release of the movie, which is set for this week.

“As a studio, we’re committed to safeguarding the integrity of every film we release, and that extends to circumstances that necessitate making nuanced cuts in order to respond sensitively to a variety of in-market factors,” a Warner Bros. spokesperson said in a statement sent to multiple outlets.

The studio said it agreed to censor the scene in order “to comply with local requirements but the spirit of the film remains intact. We want audiences everywhere in the world to see and enjoy this film, and it’s important to us that Chinese audiences have the opportunity to experience it as well, even with these minor edits.”

“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.” Leviticus 18:11 

China is allowing fewer Hollywood movies to play on local screens as the CCP seeks to boost the domestic entertainment industry. The CCP has also implemented a cultural plan to cultivate masculinity in Chinese boys by banning so-called “sissy men” in entertainment.

This isnt’ the first time that Warner Bros. has agreed to censorship in order to appease China.

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