Barbie movie has been banned in Vietnam due to a scene that includes a map of the South China Sea that shows the so-called “nine-dash line.”
The Vietnamese government has banned the upcoming live-action Barbie movie from being released in the country due to a scene that includes a map of the South China Sea that shows the so-called “nine-dash line.”
The nine-dash line is a U-shaped dotted line that China uses to claim sovereignty over a vast area of the South China Sea, including waters that are also claimed by Vietnam. The Vietnamese government has long objected to the nine-dash line, and the ban on the Barbie movie is seen as a way to express its disapproval of China’s claims.
The scene in the movie that shows the nine-dash line is reportedly a brief one, lasting only a few seconds. It is unclear why the filmmakers included the map, but it is possible that they were unaware of the sensitivities surrounding the issue.
This South China Sea Map shown in Barbie Movie:
The ban on the Barbie movie was announced by the Vietnamese Cinema Department on July 4, 2023. The department said that the film was banned because it “violated the regulations on the management of films.”
The ban on the Barbie movie has also received some public support in Vietnam, where there is a strong sense of nationalism. Many people have supported the ban saying that it is a necessary way to protect the country’s sovereignty. Some have criticized the ban, saying it is an overreaction and it will only serve to isolate China.
The Barbie movie is not the first film to be banned in Vietnam over the South China Sea. In 2019, the animated film Abominable was also banned for the same reason.
It is unclear whether the Barbie movie will be released in Vietnam in the future. The film’s distributor, Warner Bros., has not commented on the ban and it is possible that the film may be released in Vietnam after some modifications are made.
The ban on the Barbie movie is a reminder of the ongoing tensions over the South China Sea. The dispute is one of the most intractable in the world, and it is unlikely to be resolved anytime soon.
About Barbie Movie
Barbie is an upcoming fantasy comedy movie based on the Barbie fashion dolls. It is a highly anticipated film that stars Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken. The film is directed by Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach, and it is scheduled to be released in theaters on July 21, 2023.
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