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‘Barbie’ Banned in Vietnam Over Map of China’s South China Sea Claims – Deadline

Vietnam has banned commercial Warner Bros. screenings Barbie due to a scene depicting a map of the South China Sea with the “nine-dotted line” disputed by the Vietnamese government.

The film, directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, was scheduled to be released in Vietnam on July 21.

The disputed “nine-dash” line represents China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea, which Vietnam disputes. The U-shaped line was also rejected in an international arbitration ruling by a court in The Hague in 2016. China refuses to recognize the ruling.

Vi Kien Thanh, director general of the Vietnam Department of Cinema, under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said the ban was imposed by Vietnam’s National Film Rating Council.

“We don’t license the American film Barbie to be released in Vietnam because it contains the offensive image of the nine-dotted line,” he was quoted as saying in the state-run newspaper. Your trio.

Other films depicting the line have been banned in Vietnam in recent years, including DreamWorks Animation’s Disgusting and Sony’s Unexploredwhile Netflix was ordered to pull the Australian spy drama The pine void from her service in Vietnam in 2021.

China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei have competing claims in the South China Sea.

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