Philippine minister lashes out over South China Sea map in ‘Abominable’ film
- Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jnr says a scene in the DreamWorks film depicting China’s ‘nine-dash line’ in the disputed area should be cut
- He also calls for Filipinos to boycott the company entirely
Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jnr said the scene showing the map should be cut, and people should not only refuse to watch the film, but boycott the entire company.
“Of course they should cut out the offending scene which will show our displeasure better than if we unconstitutionally ban it as some suggest,” Locsin said on Twitter.
Locsin said the Philippine film regulator should replace the scene with “a hectoring lecture”, while calling on movie fans to shun the production company altogether.
“For me, call a universal boycott of all DreamWorks productions from here on,” he said.
The film regulator did not respond to requests for comment.
A spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte, who has sought closer ties with China, said on Tuesday the film regulator should decide on whether to pull Abominable from Philippine cinemas.
Abominable, about a Chinese girl who discovers a yeti living on her roof, was jointly produced by Shanghai-based Pearl Studio and Comcast-owned DreamWorks Animation.