Sony has gone against censorship by refusing the Chinese government to remove the Statue of Liberty from the new film “Spider-Man: No Way Home”, writes Puck News.
Chinese regulators have asked if the Japanese giant can “remove the Statue of Liberty from the end of the film.” Unexpectedly, Sony refused the request due to the importance of Lady Liberty in the finale of the picture.
China then asked if the monument could be “minimized”. In particular, they asked: “if Sony could cut a few of the more patriotic shots of [Tom] Holland standing atop the crown, dull the lighting so that Lady Liberty’s visage wasn’t so front-and-center.”
Sony did not accept the censors’ terms, which was a big step considering that they probably lost a lot of money. Two previous films in the franchise with Tom Holland as Spider-Man have grossed $116 and $200 million in Chinese box office.
However, this is not the first time Sony has rejected Chinese censors. In 2019, their film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” was not released in China due to the controversial role of Bruce Lee.
Such actions of the studio take place against the background of the fact that Hollywood is facing criticism for falsifying its films. In January, China replaced the cult ending of the Fight Club with one in which the government wins.