Judd Apatow – director of movies such as Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and The King of Staten Island – has admitted that the silence of Hollywood has been bought by Chinese Communist Party cash.
Speaking to MSNBC’s Ari Melber, Apatow explained: “A lot of these giant corporate entities have business with countries around the world, Saudi Arabia or China, and they’re just not going to criticize them and they’re not going to let their shows criticize them or they’re not going to air documentaries that go deep into truthful areas because they make so much money.”
Apatow said the censorship “completely shut(s) down critical content,” adding that film companies reject pitches about “human rights abuses in China”, such as those regarding Muslim concentration camps.
“No one would buy the pitch,” the 52-year-old explained.
“Instead of us doing business with China and that leading to China being more free, what has happened is that China has bought our silence with their money.”