Saturday, January 23, 2010

China pulls Avatar from theaters there

I heard today that the Chinese government has pulled the 2D version of Avatar from theaters there. Here is what an English paper said about the decision:

Avatar" is about a paraplegic ex-Marine sent to an Edenic planet inhabited by the Na'vi, a race of attenuated blue humanoids who live in mystical harmony with nature. His mission, along with his fellow yahoo mercenaries, is to drive the Na'vi out of their homes so a corrupt and brutal mining company can get at the minerals underneath.

The Marine, Jake Sully, infiltrates the Na'vi -- don't ask -- and finds mobility, mystical harmony with nature and Zoe Saldana. He becomes a Na'vi and helps his rather clueless new tribe drive the imperialists and corporate lackeys back to their own despoiled planet. An old story, but one that can't be told often enough.

The plot, however, made many suspicious that the Chinese government had darker motives in limiting distribution. The authorities feared, it is alleged, that the Chinese public might make invidious comparisons between "Avatar" and the Chinese government's brutal way of evicting people and demolishing their homes to make way for mines, dams or whatever it is the government is dead set on building.
The paper is right exactly. The government always moves people with no compensation to make way for big apartments and other buildings. The government in China has no connection to the people of China. Those old guys just want to get rich themselves on the backs of the Chinese peasants. I could go on a long rant about the nature of the Chinese government but I do not want to bore you with the long rant.

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