They call it that because the state recognizes no limits on its authority to regulate behavior (wait a a minute…). Even when it comes to simple things like what movies people can watch.
Apparently China has had a moratorium on foreign film releases for the past month (and for the foreseeable future).
Fareed Zakaria feigns shock, saying “Can you believe it? Beijing has imposed a moratorium on new foreign films.”
I don’t know why this is hard to believe; given the choice between poorly produced, badly written propaganda and a Michael Bay film, I’d go with Michael Bay every time. For that matter, I routinely choose Bay films over more “serious” films; when I go to the movies, I want spectacle, explosions, and action, not an overpaid simpleton lecturing me about what a horrible person I am for not holding the same opinions as him on whatever the cause du jour is.
Why did films like Redacted ($781k gross revenue on a budget of $5 million) do so badly? Because filmgoers can spot propaganda, and given a choice between it any damn near anything else, they’ll go with the latter.
Unless their choice is taken away.