The senator plans to introduce the bill when the Senate is next in session, according to his office.
Film studios often edit their films before they air in China, as they seek to court audiences there by pacifying the country’s strict censorship rules.
For instance, a scene about Freddie Mercury’s sexuality disappeared from the version of Bohemian Rhapsody that played for Chinese audiences, as the AP detailed .
The cuts came after a government-linked TV association called homosexuality “abnormal” and admonished studios not to depict it, per the wire service.
And MGM re-edited its remake of Red Dawn to depict the North Koreans, rather than the Chinese, as occupying America.
But China is uniquely important to the movie industry because of its huge and growing economy.
Cruz’s bill would block the Pentagon from helping any studios that recently altered their movies to comply with Chinese demands, and would make studios promise not to censor their films before getting any DOD help. »