Baizuos Killed The Chinese Market

The state of the Star Wars franchise in China has not been good since Disney’s excretion of the Sequel Trilogy.

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Your local college produces these naive and uneducated baizuo savages.

HAPPY  DAYS

Back in 2015, Disney spared no expense in marketing the franchise in China prior to the release of The Force Awakens:

“The company has made a series of calculated moves in recent months to create buzz around the new film: Buildings in Shanghai have been lit up with red and blue to look like competing lightsabers; 500 stormtroopers amassed atop the Great Wall of China; and last year Disney and 20th Century Fox struck a deal with Chinese internet giant Tencent to let China residents stream the entire *Star Wars *saga online.”

Despite this, The Force Awakens performed poorly in China, and some attributed that to the franchise’s lack of “cultural cachet” in the far east nation.  Except for the fact that The Force Awakens actually broke records in China, for its first Saturday opening.  Only during the second weekend did the film drop 72%.  This indicated that while TFA had a strong opening weekend in China, moviegoers there weren’t willing to come back for subsequent re-viewings, a scenario that would replay here in the United States.

Shortly before the release of Episode VIII, some pondered how The Last Jedi would perform in China.

The Wrap proclaimed:

“The good news is that with “The Last Jedi,” Disney will have the advantage of marketing to an audience that is now familiar with these characters and also has new characters like Rey and Finn to become attached to.”

Variety boldly claimed:

“There’s little doubt that “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will attract a following in China, where it opens this Friday. How big a following is the question.”

Others claimed that The Last Jedi’s mythology mirrored that of the Founding Mythology of the Chinese Communist Party.

“The closest real-world analogue to the experience of the Resistance and the Rebel Alliance may be that of the Chinese Communist Party. The founding mythology of the CCP is well known; only twelve members (enough to fit on the Millennium Falcon) attended the first party meeting in 1921. The CCP came into existence in the years after the collapse of the Qing Dynasty, with contending forces fighting for supremacy. A brief alliance with the Nationalist Party led to some success against warlords, but in 1927 the alliance broke; in the wake of the Northern Expedition, Chiang Kai Shek turned on the CCP, massacring thousands of communists in Shanghai. Similar massacres took place in other parts of the country, resulting in the elimination of almost two-thirds of the CCP’s strength.”

Others wrote of how The Last Jedi wove in Chinese cultural elements into its narrative, such as wuchu, Macau, the Red Thread of Fate, and of course, Yin and Yang.

The increasing cultural diversity in the casting was thought to appeal to a wider international market:

“Disney will be watching the exact box office figure, but it won’t matter for their long term goals. The company already has plans to open a new Disneyland theme park in Shanghai, and along with Donnie Yen has cast huge Chinese star Jiang Wen in the upcoming Star Wars* *films. “This is a longer term play,” says Jonathan Landreth, editor of the website China Film Insider. “They’re hoping to prime the pumps.” Disney is looking to the future—and in that future, China has a leading role.”

REALITY  BITES

In China, The Last Jedi was a bombPlain and simple.

After only a week in China, 92% of theaters dropped the film and was pulled entirely after the 2nd weekend.

Jimmy Wu, chairman of nationwide Chinese cinema chain Lumiere Pavilions, told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s performed much worse than we could have expected.”

The Star Wars brand in China is so toxic, that Disney is dropped “Star Wars” from the title of the Han Solo movie being released there.

Jonathan Papish, Chinese Film Industry Analyst, tweeted out the following:

One has to wonder, if The Force Awakens‘ massive drop after its opening weekend in China portended what was to come with The Last Jedi there, then will The Last Jedi’s massive drop after opening weekend in the United States likewise portend what is to come domestically for Episode IX?

A  REVISED  NARRATIVE

Since none of the above predictions came true, the narrative had to be quickly altered.

In reaction to the above news, many supporters claimed that The Last Jedi was never expected to do well in China because the “cultural differences” were just too great, and that there just wasn’t the same kind of nostalgic fervor for the films since they were never seen there until just recently.  According to SJW pundits, the franchise lacked “cultural cache” in China.  This despite the fact that Black Panther wildly outperformed The Last Jedi in China.

Many SJWs made the following argument, or some variation thereof:

“The first ‘Star Wars’ came a year after the end of the Cultural Revolution in China, and back when the original films came out no foreign films were allowed to be screened in the country,” noted Stanley Rosen, professor at USC’s US-China Institute. “China only began screening foreign films on a revenue-sharing basis in 1994, so interest in ‘Star Wars’ wasn’t passed from generation to generation as it has in the U.S.”

Scott Mendelson continued his duties as the Disney Information Minister:

Again, none of this is surprising and frankly, none of this is that big of a deal. There is no law saying that China must embrace the Force on a level equal to North American moviegoers. And Walt Disney clearly doesn’t need China to push Star Wars into mega-hit status. Besides, it’s not like there aren’t other Disney flicks (Infinity WarCoco, etc.) that can make up the difference.

But what was the actual problem?  Maybe we might listen to the Chinese themselves.

CHINESE  APATHY

Chinese audience members saw the disconnect in the behavior of familiar characters to be anything but cultural:

“Wang and Chen both described the new film as visually appealing but riddled with issues such as atypical behavior from established characters. Luke Skywalker was particularly disappointing to Wang, who felt that the character’s brooding behavior didn’t jibe with the resilience and fearless optimism of the young Luke he had come to know from the original trilogy.”

“In Star Wars, it seems only Darth Vader had a brain — it’s such a shame he’s already dead.”

The Chinese it seems saw the same problem in the film that other cultures did, as one Chinese moviegoer claimed that:

“the whole film really insults the IQ of its audience.”

Additionally, the diverse casting did absolutely nothing for the Chinese audience.  One Chinese fan stated:

“These actors aren’t very beautiful, which may deter a lot of Chinese from seeing the recent films,” said Chen. “We fans often joke that if Finn were played by Will Smith, Chinese people might be more inclined to watch it — because he’s very handsome.”

As a result of their experience with The Last Jedi, Variety reported on Chinese movie goers not being very excited to see Solo.  According to Variety:

Chinese moviegoers do not seem to be impressed by the arrival of a new chapter. One wrote on Douban: “Two-star expectations only. Better safe than sorry.”

And if Disney chooses to represent homosexual characters in Episode IX, then the communist Chinese government may have problems with allowing the film into the country at all.

So what did the Chinese see in all of this?  Why exactly did these new movies from Disney did the Chinese feel insulted their IQs?

RISE OF THE USEFUL IDIOTS

Apparently, a new epithet for white leftists has emerged in China.  Baizuo.  Chenchen Zhang of Open Democracy explains:

If you look at any thread about Trump, Islam or immigration on a Chinese social media platform these days, it’s impossible to avoid encountering the term baizuo (白左), or literally, the ‘white left’. It first emerged about two years ago, and yet has quickly become one of the most popular derogatory descriptions for Chinese netizens to discredit their opponents in online debates. 

So what does ‘white left’ mean in the Chinese context, and what’s behind the rise of its (negative) popularity? It might not be an easy task to define the term, for as a social media buzzword and very often an instrument for ad hominemattack, it could mean different things for different people. A thread on “why well-educated elites in the west are seen as naïve “white left” in China” on Zhihu, a question-and-answer website said to have a high percentage of active users who are professionals and intellectuals, might serve as a starting point. 

Although the emphasis varies, baizuo is used generally to describe those who “only care about topics such as immigration, minorities, LGBT and the environment” and “have no sense of real problems in the real world”; they are hypocritical humanitarians who advocate for peace and equality only to “satisfy their own feeling of moral superiority”; they are “obsessed with political correctness” to the extent that they “tolerate backwards Islamic values for the sake of multiculturalism”; they believe in the welfare state that “benefits only the idle and the free riders”; they are the “ignorant and arrogant westerners” who “pity the rest of the world and think they are saviours”.     

Apart from some anti-hegemonic sentiments, the connotations of ‘white left’ in the Chinese context clearly resemble terms such as ‘regressive liberals’ or ‘libtards’ in the United States.

So what are the chances, that Chinese citizens who are already oppressed by social justice madness from their own government, want to spend their time in a theater being preached to by the naive screenwriting baizuos at Lucasfilm who want to impose even more moronic social justice lectures onto them.

So “cultural cache” had nothing to do with anything.  The fact of the matter is, the baizuos within Lucasfilm killed their chances in the Chinese film market by pushing their own moronic political agenda.  The Chinese people have already heard all of that nonsense from their own government, and they’re understandably unimpressed.

Thanks to a tip from Planet of the Jawas and

 

10 thoughts on “Baizuos Killed The Chinese Market

  1. Then: I believe the original Star Wars was meant to be an analog to the American Revolution. The opening date was in May of 1977, which means is was mainly produced during the American bi-centennial year which was a very patriotic celebration and also helps account for it’s amazing popularity at the time.

    Now: “The Resistance” = Space Commies.

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    • “Now: “The Resistance” = Space Commies.”

      I disagree. Sometimes writers accidentally create things that are the total opposite of their views. (Example: Uber-liberal Joss Whedon created the very libertarian Firefly/Serenity.) According to the Disney lore, the New Republic were more or less a bunch of liberals who voted to disarm and pretend everything would be sunshine and rainbows. Leia didn’t buy into it, and formed her own little group to keep an eye on the remnants of the Empire. So I’d say Leia’s Resistance is (oddly enough) more like a private militia.

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      • More like Leia’s Red Army or Leia’s RAF.

        This is how the hardcore always goes. You have the flower power idiots, but then you also have the ones who start killing.

        Going by Disney lore Leia would be like Baader or Meinhof. She even “purged” Poe, without trial, without hearing, without even as much as a Captain’s Mast in classic hardcore Japanese Red Army fashion (these particular geniuses purged themselves while under siege by the police.) In that particular scene she truly was her father’s daughter. Vader would have killed Poe, of course, but outside of that? She has truly become what Rukh and the other noghri in real Star Wars canon called Lady Vader.

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  2. I wonder if baizuo can be compared to the epithet ‘NPC’.

    I posted this on subreddit r/saltierthancrait:

    “Here’s something that I hope gains traction:

    I picture the Empire/First Order (as are hundred, if not thousands, of other examples) as NAZI Germany (that morphed into a general white patriarchal domination). Remember, we aren’t very far away from the OBAMA reign which saw shakedown rackets and the grievance industry become mainstream.

    So, of course most look at their choice of villain and reflect on the real world. Truth is, Germany has been beaten down. It isn’t nearly as powerful a threat.

    So why wouldn’t Star Wars tackle Islam – an ideology we are all too familiar with, as GloboJihadInc is always lurking. How about an Islam-type villain, mysterious and shrouded in myth and terrors.

    The rebels? The first couple movies will show them being completely turned out by the new villain (come on, the antifa/Sorosian left are bong-heads).

    And then in movie three, what happens? Here’s the good part: remnants of the rebel force seek out and recruit members of the Empire, real tacticians and soldiers who may be the only defense against annihilation by the ‘Galactic Crescent.’

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  3. That was a good read. This part sums up the whole issue at hand. It was,

    “this whole film really insults the IQ of its audience!”

    He can say that again! And you know what? I believe I will say it again..

    “this whole film really insults the IQ of its audience!”

    Case closed.

    P.S. I also get a kick out of the Di$ney War$ $hill media acting like the Chinese market isn’t of any concern. Really? That is why Di$ney was trying to bend over backwards by renaming SOLO to Ranger Solo!

    Yeah they definitly don’t care sbout the Chinese market…

    Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight…

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