Attorney General Barr takes aim at Hollywood, Disney for censoring films to appease China


U.S. Attorney General William Barr speaks during a roundtable discussion on “America’s seniors” hosted by U.S. President Donald Trump in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 15, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

July 16, 2020

By Sarah N. Lynch and David Brunnstrom

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General William Barr took aim at Hollywood companies, including Walt Disney Co. <DIS.N> on Thursday, saying they have routinely caved into pressure and censored their films “to appease the Chinese Communist Party.”

“I suspect Walt Disney would be disheartened to see how the company he founded deals with the foreign dictatorships of our day,” Barr said in a speech at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.

(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch and David Brunnstrom, Editing by Franklin Paul)