Barbie vs Vietnam: Why Has Barbie Been Banned In Vietnam?

Barbie vs Vietnam issue continues as Vietnam banned the Barbie movie from releasing in the country. Warner Bros respond to the South China Sea map portrayal, but no resolution has been reached yet. 

As Barbie vs Vietnam continues, a look at the South China Sea Issue

Barbie is currently one of the most anticipated movies for this month. However, a certain map issue has led to Barbie vs Vietnam. Vietnam has banned Warner Bros’s Barbie from releasing in their country due to their portrayal of the South China Sea. 

The Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling movie was all set to release in Vietnam on July 21st, but the map issue has stalled this release. 

Vi Kien Thanh, head of the Department of Cinema said “We do not grant license for the American movie ‘Barbie’ to release in Vietnam because it contains the offending image of the nine-dash line.”  

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What does Warner Bros have to say?

The studio has issued a statement regarding the ban, stating- ‘The map in Barbie Land is a whimsical, 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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What is the South China Sea Issue?

The “nine-dash line” is a set of line segments that refers to the claim of China on various areas in the South China Sea. The U-shaped dash line was first published in 1946 and since then China has continued to have a historic claim over these territories. However, this has been disputed by other countries such as Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Brunei who say that these areas belong to them and China’s nine-dash line has no significance. 

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Harshita Bajaj

Harshita has a background in Psychology and Criminology and is currently pursuing her PhD in Criminology. She can be found reading crime thrillers (or any other book for that matter) or binge-watching shows on Netflix when she is not in hibernation.
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