Date
13 December 2017
A Global Times commentary says the US is trying to brainwash Hong Kong people through Hollywood movies and video games. It cites Transformers, where the robot hero Optimus Prime has a face shape that resembles Abraham Lincoln's. Photos: YouTube
A Global Times commentary says the US is trying to brainwash Hong Kong people through Hollywood movies and video games. It cites Transformers, where the robot hero Optimus Prime has a face shape that resembles Abraham Lincoln's. Photos: YouTube

Beware of Hollywood movies, they’d turn you into pan-democrats

Hong Kong is crawling with agents of Uncle Sam, and those Hollywood movies are meant to brainwash Hong Kong people.

A Global Times commentary published on Wednesday charged the United States is the driving force behind the growing clamor for greater autonomy in the city. It also accused the US of trying the brainwash Hong Kong people through its movies, games and other cultural products.

To support its argument on the insidious effect of Hollywood films, the article cited Cloud Atlas, which is actually a German production starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. It noted that human clones being enslaved and slaughtered in the film were portrayed by Chinese performers, who later launched a rebellion to gain freedom.

The newspaper said the US is also trying to implant its values through its video games. In Red Alert, a popular arcade game produced by Electronic Arts, the wicked character Yuri looks like Vladimir Lenin, but in Transformers, the super robot hero Optimus Prime has a face shape that resembles that of Abraham Lincoln.

It warned people against such subtle mind tricks and “to see the true face of the enemy”.

The commentary further claimed that there are many American and Britain intelligence agents in Hong Kong. Their objective is to foment unrest and support pro-independence activities in the city, as well as in Taiwan, Xinjiang and Tibet. By doing so, they hope to pull down China, and diminish its chances of surpassing the US, it said.

Global Times is a publication under the Communist Party mouthpiece the People’s Daily and is known for its hard-hitting, often controversial, editorials and opinion pieces. 

Its supporters hail the journal for delivering the true voice of China to the world, and praise its deep sense of patriotism. But critics accuse it of inciting hatred and spreading rumors. Its Chinese and English versions have very different viewpoints and writing styles.

The newspaper has published several articles assailing the Occupy Central civil disobedience movement, especially the mock poll it organized on the 2017 chief executive election. The unofficial referendum has so far gathered more than 740,000 votes.

Raymond Tam, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, said the poll is considerably controversial from the legal point of view and as such can hardly result in a political consensus, according to RTHK. Tam also warned foreign governments against meddling in China’s affairs.

Rao Geping, member of the Basic Law Committee of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee and a law professor at Peking University, said the vote reflects the demands of some Hong Kong people therefore should be taken serious by Hong Kong and the central government.

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