Ted Cruz Wants to Cut Off Hollywood Billionaires Profiting from China’s Communist Censorship
By Movieguide® Staff
Senator Ted Cruz recently introduced legislation to cut Hollywood billionaires off from federal funds in order to counter the Communist Party in China (CCP).
To combat this, Cruz introduced the “The Stopping Censorship, Restoring Integrity, Protecting Talkies Act” or SCRIPT Act. The legislation aims to cut off Hollywood studios from U.S. assistance if China censors their movies. Sen. Cruz’s proposal is part of his efforts to protect the U.S. media from China’s growing influence. The SCRIPT Act addresses CCP’s impact across movies, radio broadcasts, sports and more. Read the full text of the SCRIPT Act here.
The Texas politician highlighted Democratic policy, which he claims would further enable the spread of CCP propaganda.
“We urgently need to have a real substantive bipartisan conversation about countering the Chinese Communist Party, about defending the United States of America, about standing up and winning this battle. This bill doesn’t advance that objective,” Cruz said.
Cruz’s bill reads: “To prohibit the use of Department of Defense funds for the production of films by United States companies that alter content for screening in the People’s Republic of China, and for other purposes.”
Cruz said: “The Chinese Communist Party spends billions and billions of dollars to mislead Americans about China, and to try to shape what we see, what we hear, and think. All of these activities are part of China’s whole-of-state approach to amass influence around the world through information warfare. We need to stand together to stop it.”
The SCRIPT Act follows Sen. Cruz’s Sanctioning and Highlighting Authoritarian Medicine and Eugenics (SHAME) Act, which called out CCP officials who partake in the systematic ethnic cleansing through forced abortions and population control measures.
“The SHAME Act focuses in particular on human rights atrocities,” Cruz said. “The SHAME Act does something very simple – it imposes sanctions on the Chinese Communist government leaders responsible for implementing this horrific ‘1984’ style policy of forced sterilizations and forced abortions.”
Sen. Cruz’s SCRIPT Act and SHAME Act are alternatives to the Democratic plan that Cruz called out. As of the debate, Democrats objected to the request to pass the SCRIPT Act.
“The only reason the SCRIPT Act isn’t passing is because the Senate Democrats are objecting. It should not be lost on anybody that the Hollywood billionaires who are enriching themselves with this Chinese propaganda are among the biggest political donors to today’s Democratic Party.”