The Internet Is Boycotting DreamWorks’ Abominable Because of Illegal Map of West Philippine Sea
A controversial scene in the newly released animated film by DreamWorks’ Abominable is making the rounds on social media because it depicts China’s Nine-Dash Line in the West Philippine Sea. It also erased Mindanao and the Visayas in
At the beginning of the movie, the main character spreads out a map of China that depicts the illegal Nine-Dash Line encircling the entire South China Sea, including the West Philippine Sea.
In a landmark victory for the Philippines on July 12, 2016, an international arbitral tribunal under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea declared China’s claims on the entire South China Sea illegal.
DreamWorks' new movie Abominable features a map supporting total Chinese ownership over the disputed South China Sea area pic.twitter.com/Xm5yUDjXu8— Movie Details (@moviedetail) October 13, 2019
What about cutting out that scene? You're a lawyer, on what ground can we ban—and which agency has that power—an implicit message, assuming any Filipino will assert his First Amendment right in the case? For me call a universal boycott of all @Dreamworks productions from here on. https://t.co/WXQmL2BDF6— Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) October 15, 2019
However, Locsin fell short of calling for the total ban of the film in the Philippines, saying that removing the offensive scene is a better form of protest than banning the film entirely.
OF COURSE THEY SHOULD CUT OUT THE OFFENDING SCENE WHICH WILL SHOW OUR DISPLEASURE BETTER THAN IF WE UNCONSTITUTIONALLY BAN IT AS SOME SUGGEST. DO CUT OUT CRUDELY. MAYBE INTERJECT MTRCB HEAD IN CUT OUT SCENE WITH A HECTORING LECTURE. THEN CARTOON GOES ON. https://t.co/NWoEydnqJJ— Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) October 16, 2019
This week, Vietnam pulled the DreamWorks film from its movie houses, citing the illegal map of the South China Sea, which it also claims in its entirety. China, Malaysia, Vietnam, and the Philippines have overlapping claims
The West Philippine Sea is the part of the South China Sea, over which sovereign and maritime rights of the Philippines extend.