The long-awaited film of Barbie was recalled and banned in Vietnam due to a controversial scene which caused a sensation in the country. Directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, this world premiere faced a nationwide ban in Vietnam, leaving fans of the famous doll without a chance to see her on the big screen.
Barbie’s relationship with Asia, especially Vietnam, has been strong over the years. Although Barbie is designed in the United States, countries such as Indonesia and China are responsible for manufacturing and assembling her for sale in the region. Therefore, the film’s ban in Vietnam caused surprise among local fans.
So what is the reason for this ban? Apparently, it is due to a specific content present in the Barbie movie, which it was deemed offensive by the Vietnamese authorities. In one scene in particular, the map of the South China Sea is shownwhich includes the famous “line of nine lines”, an issue that has been the subject of dispute between Vietnam and the other countries in the region for years.
The inclusion of this map in the film has led to rejection and censorship in Vietnam, as they consider it an offensive image to them. Vi Kien Thanh, Director General of Vietnam Film Department, spoke about it This scene was the main reason for banning the film from showing in the Asian country. As a result, the release date, scheduled for July 21, was canceled and the film was pulled from theaters.
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Why is the map so important and controversial to prevent a film?
Now, it is important to understand what the “nine dotted lines” map represents. This line is a trace on the “U” shaped map used by China to claim sovereignty over large areas of the South China Sea, which hold potential energy resources. Vietnam, located in Southeast Asia, has accused China of repeatedly violating its sovereignty, fueling political tensions and territorial disputes in the region.
As for the Barbie movie release date in other countries, it is scheduled for July 21, 2023, worldwide. Barbie fans in different parts of the world are eagerly awaiting this launch, even if in Vietnam they will have to look for alternatives to enjoy the adventures of their favorite doll.
Interestingly, the Barbie movie isn’t the only one to have been banned in Vietnam in recent years. In 2019, the release of ‘Abominable’, a film from DreamWorks studio, was limited, and in 2021, the film ‘Uncharted’ was removed from the Netflix catalog at the request of the Vietnamese government. These cases demonstrate the country’s political and cultural sensitivity towards some cinematic content.
Source: Nacion Flix
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