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Judd Apatow is criticizing what he calls “corporate censorship” when it comes to highlighting abuses of power in China and Saudi Arabia, saying that Hollywood’s desire to do business there has prevented stories and truths from being told.
In a preview of a full interview with MSNBC’s Ari Melber for a special called “Mavericks with Ari Melber,” the director of “The King of Staten Island” said that films, shows or documentaries get shut down at the pitch phase that are critical of foreign powers and that Hollywood’s major corporate entities often remain silent.
“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 just make so much money,” Apatow said. “So while we’re going, ‘can we say this joke, can we not say that joke,’ on a much bigger level, they have just completely shut down critical content about human rights abuses in China, and I think that’s much scarier.”
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