After years of planning and opening delays, the Los Angeles Film Academy Museum finally opened its doors Thursday, Sept. 30. Among those who financed the project, which had long years of delays and setbacks, is the Wanda Group, linked to the Chinese communist regime. About the museum’s ties to a regime that exercises censorship and commits human rights violations, Breitbart media said they did not respond to their questions.
Chinese media conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group donated $20 million to help finance the construction of the museum, and in return, the museum’s officials gave the naming rights of the galleries to the group with close ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
The $20 million Wanda donated to the institution is one of the largest the museum has ever received, even larger than Hollywood giants such as Netflix, Warner Bros, and NBCUniversal.
The CCP, through many Chinese companies, has managed to have increasing influence in the movie business, as is the case of billionaire Wang Jianlin, founder and chairman of Wanda and a member of the CCP.
So with such influence, he also has the power to censor whatever he sees fit.
One of the examples cited by the media is the case of the censorship of the word “Moses” in the title of the movie “Moses on the Plain,” which was changed to “Fire on the Plain.”
Also, films with anti-communist content, films favorable to the democratic protests in Hong Kong, and films by Taiwanese filmmakers are some other examples of those on the CCP’s list to be banned.
Regarding this censorship being carried out by the CCP in the entertainment industry, Senator Cotton stated during an interview in March that the CCP is providing large sums of cash to Hollywood studios to impose a pro-Communist, pro-China narrative.
“When was the last time you saw a Chinese bad guy in a movie?” noted Cotton to the interviewer, continuing, “Back in the Cold War, Russian communists were always the bad guys. We would think Chinese communists would provide pretty good fodder for Hollywood, but you never see it.”
Cotton, too, had said in a speech at the Reagan Institute in February, “We need to defeat this evil empire and consign the Chinese Communists, like the Bolsheviks, to the ash heap of history.”
The Chinese regime’s artistic censorship, however, is not what is most serious. More worrying and condemnatory are the aberrant acts it commits against human rights, such as genocide against ethnic and religious minorities, among them the Uyghurs and Falun Dafa practitioners.
According to Breitbart, the museum has not answered their questions about whether Wanda’s million-dollar donation came with any conditions and whether they would allow CCP censorship.
Some of the questions posed by the media outlet were:
“Given Wanda’s $20 million donation, are museum leaders concerned about being associated with a party that routinely censors and bans movies?”
Also, “What is the museum’s position regarding movie censorship as practiced by China?”
According to the report, the museum has cost $482 million to build. Major donors include billionaire Haim Saban, who donated $50 million, billionaire David Geffen who contributed $25 million, and Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg, with $10 million each.
The inaugural gala, which took place on Saturday, included appearances by Lady Gaga, Nicole Kidman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cher, Katy Perry, Jennifer Hudson, Eva Longoria, and Sophia Loren.