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VERA FILES FACT SHEET: Barbie and China’s nine-dash line

The new Barbie movie was banned in Vietnam because of the map that allegedly included China’s illegal nine-dash line claim. But here in the Philippines, the MTRCB said, there is no sufficient basis to ban the film because China’s “nine-dash line” claim is not shown here.

In an interview with Variety, Warner Bros. Film Group explained: “The map in Barbie Land is a child-like crayon drawing… The doodles depict Barbie’s make-believe journey from Barbie Land to the ‘real world.’ It was not intended to make any type of statement.”

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On the ban of “Barbie” in Vietnam

MTRCB official Facebook page, STATEMENT REGARDING THE FILM, “BARBIE”, July 12, 2023

MTRCB official Facebook page, STATEMENT OF THE MOVIE AND TELEVISION REVIEW AND CLASSIFICATION BOARD REGARDING THE FILM, “BARBIE”, July 4, 2023

Variety, ‘Barbie’ Map Controversy: Warner Bros. Explains the Drawing That Got the Film Banned in Vietnam (EXCLUSIVE), July 6, 2023

Permanent Court of Arbitration, PCA Case Nº 2013-19 IN THE MATTER OF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA ARBITRATION, July 12, 2016

Sen. Risa Hontiveros, Press Release, STATEMENT OF SENATOR RISA HONTIVEROS ON THE SHOWING OF THE DISPUTED CHINA’S 9 DASH LINE IN BARBIE MOVIE, July 4, 2023

CNN Philippines, MTRCB looking into calls to ban live-action ‘Barbie’ film in PH, July 4, 2023

Senate of the Philippines, Press Release – Statement of Senator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada on the Vietnam-banned ‘Barbie’ movie, July 4, 2023

Freepik.com, Free Photo | Rows of red seats in a theater

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