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Politics Seen in ‘Top Gun’ Sequel

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‘Top Gun: Maverick,’ (the squeal) has raised questions about the removal of Japanese and Taiwanese flags on actor Tom Cruise’s famed jacket, according to reports Sunday.

Mr. Cruise’s jacket, worn by his character Maverick, had shown those flags in the 1980’s “Top Gun,” but the Y 2019 sequel replaces them as the movie is co-produced by Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA) and Chinese company Tencent (OTCMKT:TCEHY).

Both companies declined to comment.

The change was noted by The Globe and Mail correspondent Mark MacKinnon, who Tweeted then and now photos of the jacket:

There’s a new Top Gun movie coming out. And Maverick is wearing the same leather jacket – only this time it’s Communist Party of China-approved, so the Japanese and Taiwanese flag patches are gone (screenshot on right is from the new trailer)…

The Times noted China is approaching becoming the world’s No. 1 film market.

China has long had territory battles with Japan and a dispute over control of Tawain.

Have a terrific weekend.

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