China has censored the ending of animated film Minions: The Rise of Gru, the Despicable Me prequel, to deliver a message against crime. However, the censorship did not go down well with the viewers who protested on the Chinese microblogging website Weibo. Read also| Minions the Rise of Gru review: ‘Mini Boss’ Gru is the cutest supervillain
The Ending of Minions: The Rise of Gru shows Gru riding alongside his co-conspirator, Wild Knuckles, who successfully pretends to be his own death to avoid being captured. However, China censored this part and replaced it with a series of subtitled still images in the credits sequence.
According to Bloomberg, the end of the Chinese version of the film states that Wilde Knuckles was caught after a failed robbery and was locked up for 20 years. He also discovered the ‘love of acting’ in prison and founded a theatrical troupe. Gru, on the other hand, gave up being a supervisor and ‘returned to his family.’ Later becoming the father of three daughters was said to be his biggest achievement. This is in contrast to not only Minions: The Rise of Gru but the first film in the Despicable Me franchise, which featured Gru having a change of heart and letting go of guilt after adopting three daughters.
Weibo users criticized the change and a hashtag referring to it garnered nearly 1.7 million views. According to the BBC, one person wrote, “The real story is in a parallel universe.” Dusser, a popular film blogger, called the changes ‘outrageous’ and asked, “How weak and judgmental do they perceive our audiences to be?”
China, which has strict censorship rules, has already censored the ending of the film. Earlier this year, it censored the climax of the 1999 film Fight Club and replaced it with a message that all criminals were caught and that the authorities had won. The ending had to be changed back to the original after backlash on social media.
(inputs from bloomberg)
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