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According to Judd Apatow, Hollywood’s desire to bring home major box office wins in China and Saudi Arabia comes at the cost of meaningful and truthful content.
The director, comedian and producer sat down with MSNBC’s Ari Melber to talk comedy and the industry’s content censorship when catering to international markets. During the Mavericks with Ari Melber conversation, The King of Staten Island helmer said that people should turn their attention to the “corporate type of censorship” that happens to films when presented in content-strict countries including China, Saudi Arabia and North Korea.
“A lot of these giant corporate entities have business with countries around the world, Saudi Arabia or China, and they’re just not going to criticize them and they’re not going to let their shows criticize them or they’re not going to air documentaries that go deep into truthful areas because they make so much money,” Apatow told the MSNBC host.
Apatow added that such censorship “completely shut(s) down critical content” about important stories including those spotlighting human rights issues in aforementioned countries. He went on to single out China, noting that the country’s ability to block off investigative documentaries …
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