The box office hit Pixels has apparently been censored in China due to fear it would cause “some sensitivity” to Chinese audiences. According to leaked emails from Sony, a sequence wherein national monuments such as the Taj Mahal and Washington Monument are destroyed was shortened to appease China, as one scene depicted The Great Wall being destroyed by video game characters. The scene was originally in a 2013 draft of the script, but was reportedly removed before release.
Along with the Great Wall scene went a series of changes all done in order to avoid showing China in a negative light, including one scene where China was blamed for the attack of the video game characters. Li Chow, chief representative of Sony Pictures in China, wrote that, “Even though breaking a hole on the Great Wall may not be a problem as long as it is part of a worldwide phenomenon, it is actually unnecessary because it will not benefit the China release at all. I would then, recommend not to do it.”
What’s your opinion, readers? Should the scene have been left in or do you believe that it would have been a negative image of China? Let us know in the comments below!