Texas Senator Ted Cruz once again accused the Barbie movie of containing “Chinese communist propaganda” because of a scene showing a world map of a disputed area in the South China Sea.
Sen Cruz said in an interview with the daily sign: “There’s a scene in ‘Barbie’ where there’s this map of the world, and it’s drawn like with crayon. I mean, it’s really a very simple cartoon. And then they have this blocky thing called ‘Asia’. And then they drew what’s called the nine dashes.”
He was referring to the “nine-dash line” used on Chinese maps, showing what it claims is its territory within the South China Sea.
“This is Chinese communist propaganda in which the Chinese assert their sovereignty over the entirety of the South China Sea,” the Texas Republican continued. “And they don’t have any rights to it under international law, but they are trying to take it away from their neighbors there.”
This isn’t the first time Cruz has made these accusations about the highly anticipated film. Earlier this month, he accused the film of “pushing chinese propaganda” when the trailer was released.
His spokesman told him The Daily Mail at the time: “Senator Cruz has been fighting for years to prevent corporate America, especially Hollywood studios, from altering and censoring their content to appease the Chinese Communist Party.”
Sen Cruz isn’t the only one upset about the movie, either, even before it debuted in theaters. Vietnam He also said that he would ban the film from being released in the country due to the controversial map.
Wife of Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz he also expressed doubts about the film. “Are you thinking of seeing the Barbie movie? I recommend sticking to being inspired by the costumes and skipping the theater.” Ginger Gaetz tweetedalong with photos of her and her husband dressed in pink outfits.
She continued: “Here’s why: The Barbie I grew up with was a representation of limitless possibilities, spanning diverse careers and female empowerment. The 2023 Barbie movie unfortunately doesn’t address any notions of faith or family, trying to normalize the idea that men and women can’t positively collaborate (yuck).”