Vietnam bans the 'Barbie' film over map scene

Vietnam is withdrawing from the Barbie World. 

The upcoming “Barbie” film from Warner Bros. has been banned in Vietnam attributable to a scene with a map exhibiting territory within the South China Sea that China has unilaterally claimed, Reuters stories. Chinese language maps use the “nine-dash line” to indicate this disputed territory. In 2016, a Hague worldwide tribunal dominated that China has no authorized foundation behind its declare to the realm, which Vietnam has contested. 

“We don’t grant license for the American film ‘Barbie’ to launch in Vietnam as a result of it comprises the offending picture of the nine-dash line,” Vi Kien Thanh, head of the Division of Cinema in Vietnam, reportedly mentioned.

Starring Margot Robbie, “Barbie” is predicted to be one of many largest motion pictures of the summer time, and it was scheduled to be launched in Vietnam on July 21, when it additionally hits theaters in the US. However it’s not the primary film to face a ban in Vietnam for this similar motive. In 2022, the Tom Holland motion movie “Uncharted” was additionally banned in Vietnam as a result of a map “contained an unlawful picture of the notorious nine-dash line,” Vi Kien Thanh reportedly mentioned.

The animated film “Abominable” was additionally pulled in Vietnam over a scene exhibiting the “9 sprint line” on a map in 2019, as was the present “Pine Hole” in 2021. “Netflix’s violations angered and harm the sentiments of the complete folks of Vietnam,” the Authority of Broadcasting and Digital Info mentioned on the time.