We know how dirty Communist China works in making sure they will influence the political views of other countries.
In fact, they poured billions of dollars into public relations campaigns to push most aggressively to get other countries to recognize their claim over Taiwan.
With the amount of money China put in, there is no denying that their campaign influence worked. China has successfully isolated Taiwan from much of the world. As of this year, only thirteen countries recognize Taiwan after China successfully lobbied Nicaragua to cut ties with the country.
Unfortunately, China’s money can’t buy everything, someone from the movie industry stood up to this bully, and to their defiance, the producers of the newly released Top Gun remake decided to keep the Taiwanese flag on Maverick’s jacket in the movie.
And now, the new film “Top Gun: Maverick” is earning praise not only for being better than its 1986 predecessor but for standing up to the Chinese Communist Party, after the film’s producers reinstated a Taiwanese flag on the bomber jacket worn by Tom Cruise’s Navy pilot character.
More of this story from the Daily Mail’s report:
“Top Gun: Maverick has risked angering China by restoring the Taiwanese flag on the back of Tom Cruise’s jacket in the new blockbuster.
In the original 1986 classic, Lieutenant Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell wears a leather bomber jacket featuring patches on the back, commemorating his father’s battleship tours to Japan and Taiwan in 1963 to 1964.
But when the trailer for the highly-anticipated sequel was released in 2019, the flags had been mysteriously removed.
There was speculation the decision was influenced by Chinese film distributor and production company Tencent Pictures, who were part producing the aviation romp.
The flags had been replaced by random symbols in an apparent kowtow to the Communist nation’s political demands.
But when the film was released this week, fans were relieved to see the flags had been restored, with one scene even featuring a close-up shot.
Chinese fans were left unimpressed, with one saying on social media: ‘Fine, don’t take our money. We will watch the pirated version.’
Taiwan’s de facto embassy in the United States, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office, was also excited to see the return of the Taiwanese flag in “Top Gun 2.”
“At last, somewhere along the line Hollywood did the right thing!” the office wrote on Twitter.