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Russia censors ‘Hunter Killer,’ blames distributor’s filing error

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Russia censors Hunter Killer blames distributors filing error

Every work of art, including movies, must receive a permit from the Russian Ministry of Culture before it can be shown to the public. The movie Hunter Killer starring Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman was supposed to be released in Russia on November 1, but the Ministry claims the distributor did not provide a proper copy for Gosfilmfond, the state film archive.

Magogo Distribution claims they did.

“We have submitted all the materials and documents ahead of time; we provided copies of the movie for review a month and a half before the release date,” they said in a press release.

The film depicts the Russian President being kidnapped in a coup attempt by the Russian Defense Minster. Only an American submarine captain and the US Navy SEALS can save him.

It sounds like the exact type of movie Russian President Vladimir Putin would prefer his people never see. But they’re sticking to their story of clerical error.

The film is still listed as “coming soon” five days after it was supposed to be released. Tickets have already been sold at Russian theaters. No word about if or when the movie will be made available to Russian audiences.

Hollywood Movie ‘Hunter Killer’ in Russian Limbo – ‘Veiled Censorship‘?

https://www.polygraph.info/a/fact-check-hunter-killer-censored-russia/29584043.html“A thriller about a military coup in Russia did not receive a distribution license from the Ministry of Culture,” Pertsev’s column stated, “perhaps due to the fact that the government saw in it their real phobias.”

In an op-ed, the independent news agency Rosbalt also questioned the Ministry of Culture’s explanation. It said the official reason the film was not released seemed “obviously too much,” given that theaters across Russia had already listed the movie and sold tickets for the premiere, thereby suffering financial losses.

The real reason for the film not getting the green light possibly “lies in the plot of the thriller itself,” Rosbalt wrote.

My Take

Oh, Russia. Just come out and say it. You’re censoring the movie because it paints your precious President in a vulnerable light. You don’t like a movie that shows him being saved by the American military and special forces. You’re concerned that even insinuating anyone in the Russian military would consider a coup would be a dangerous notion to contemplate.

Headlines are calling this “veiled censorship.” This is blatant censorship surrounded by an outright lie. Veiling it would be subtle. There is no subtlety here. The Russian people are being deprived of a bit of entertainment over the government’s fears.

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Charlie Kirk tells Lebron James exactly how he (and many of us) feels

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Charlie Kirk to Lebron James

NBA star Lebron James has enjoyed a career that will put him in the Basketball Hall of Fame and have his name cemented among the best players of all time. But he has also established himself as a controversial figure at times, saying things that make some people question why he dives into discussions that are clearly above his mental pay grade. His most recent excursion into world politics was to address the China issue that has plagued the NBA for two weeks.

As expected, his perspective is disingenuous, self-serving, and generally wrong.

James attempted to backtrack on his statement by claiming he was referring to the timing of the Tweet made by Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey expressing support for Hong Kong in their plight against Communist China. The Tweet came as some NBA teams were going to China to play exhibition games for the burgeoning basketball audience in the biggest country in the world, and James believed Morey should have waited a week before sending the Tweets.

This is actually worse than attacking the substance of the Tweet because it means James doesn’t really care about the substance of the issue. He doesn’t care that people are being persecuted for demanding the freedom their city once enjoyed. He doesn’t care that the best time for Morey to post the Tweet was BEFORE the NBA made their trip, not afterwards when it would have very little effect.

Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk weighed in and expressed an opinion that matches what many patriots are feeling about the Los Angeles Lakers’ forward. Shying away from controversy to not disturb James’s perfect little world is exactly why the NBA is a mess right now.

Pretty harsh words. Also pretty spot on.

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NBA’s bad week just got the Steve Kerr treatment

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NBAs bad week just got the Steve Kerr treatment

The NBA is in trouble. They’ve bowed to Communist China. They quashed their own players and coaches. They’ve shown the backbone they displayed when being social justice warriors over transgender bathroom rights was a virtue signaling act, nothing more. Then yesterday, their chief social justice warrior, who happens to coach a team named Warriors, gave a response that was off the rails.

When he received a question wondering if he’s ever been asked about human rights while visiting China, he answered by condemning America. Seriously.

By comparing the atrocities that have been taking place in China for decades to our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms is ludicrous. China has killed more of their own people over the last 70 years than there are AR-15s in existence. For Kerr to make the false equivalence that America’s human rights abuses are somehow comparable to China’s is a perfect example of why politics and sports shouldn’t mix.

Twitter wasn’t happy with his comments.

In case there’s ever a shortage of off-base whataboutisms, we can store Steve Kerr’s comparison of China’s atrocities to AR-15s as a never-ending supply to replay again and again. The NBA has become a cesspool of communist idiocy.

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Ted Cruz blasts NBA for pandering to Communist China

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Ted Cruz blasts NBA for pandering to Communist China

It’s not the first time it’s happened. In fact, it seems to be becoming a trend. Conservative firebrand Senator Ted Cruz and socialist provocateur Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez agree on something. This time, it’s the way the NBA is bending over backwards to cater to demands made by China, silencing their players and pressuring a general manager who Tweeted about Hong Kong independence.

When Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey Tweeted support for Hong Kong protesters, he likely didn’t realize he was stepping into a firestorm. He was probably unaware that Beijing is extremely paranoid, overly protective, and that their authoritarianism spreads well beyond their own borders. They didn’t like it and let the NBA know it. And the NBA caved to many of their demands.

Now, Cruz and Ocasio-Cortez are joining together to blast both the Chinese government and the NBA for their weak moves.

The Hill: Ocasio-Cortez, Ted Cruz join colleagues blasting NBA for ‘outrageous’ response to China

https://www.tedcruz.org/news/the-hill-ocasio-cortez-ted-cruz-join-colleagues-blasting-nba-for-outrageous-response-to-china/A bipartisan group of eight lawmakers fiercely criticized the NBA in a Wednesday letter to commissioner Adam Silver, demanding the league scale back its operations in China and take a stronger stand against Chinese government pressure.

The ideologically diverse coalition of lawmakers — including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) — blasted Silver for the NBA’s initial response to China after the Houston Rockets’ general manager expressed support for demonstrators in Hong Kong.

I love the NBA. Correction: I loved the NBA. This is ridiculous and needs to be called out for the betrayal of American values that it is. It’s good to see both sides of the political aisle recognizing and condemning this outrageous debacle.

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