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Vietnam Prohibits Screening of Greta Gerwig’s ‘Barbie’ Due to “Contentious Map Scene”

today6 July 2023


source: Reuters

The highly anticipated Warner Bros. film “Barbie,” featuring renowned actors Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, has been met with a ban on its commercial screenings in Vietnam.

Originally scheduled for release on July 21, the movie has faced opposition from Vietnamese authorities due to a particular scene depicting a map that includes the controversial “nine-dash line.”

This line symbolises China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea, which Vietnam vehemently opposes, asserting that it infringes upon its sovereignty.

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The decision to ban “Barbie” was made by the National Film Evaluation Council, as announced by Vi Kien Thanh, the director general of the Vietnam Cinema Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism. Vietnam, along with several other countries neighbouring China, has overlapping territorial claims and disputes China’s expansive assertions.


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Written by: Lara Kramer

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