There’s big trouble in little China, but maybe Brad Pitt can help.
The last week has been a troubling one for observers of Internet censorship in China, and things just got worse, as several bloggers and activists had their Sina Weibo accounts shut down, the Washington Post reports.
But look, maybe Brad Pitt can help. The international man of mystery recently joined Sina Weibo, the popular Chinese Facebook-Twitter hybrid, posting this status update: “It is the truth. Yup, I’m coming…”
What’s it all mean? Who knows, but maybe it has something to do with the fact that Pitt was reportedly banned from entering China after starring in Seven Years in Tibet. The movie’s director, Jean-Jacques Annaud, saw his own ban lifted last year when he served as president of the Shanghai International Film Festival’s jury. But as far as we know, Richard Gere, Harrison Ford, and Martin Scorsese are still on the blacklist.
The oppressive situation in China was magnified last year when the documentary Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry was released, shining a spotlight on subversive artist and political activist Ai Weiwei. His controversial artwork exposed a government cover-up of more than 5,000 elementary students in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake..
But in the 15 years since Seven Years‘ release, Pitt has starred in several films that have done well at the Chinese box office, including 2005′s Mr. and Mrs. Smith, which earned $7.5 million there. Money talks, people.