We got the Senator on Capitol Hill Tuesday and asked him about the brewing controversy surrounding “Top Gun: Maverick.” ICYMI … hawkeyed fans noticed in the new trailer that the back of Tom’s jacket no longer includes 2 flags from the original 4-flag pattern — Taiwan and Japan.
If you look closely, the new pattern is replaced by two obscure symbols with similar color schemes. This led to speculation it was done to please China … given that Chinese tech giant Tencent is one of its film’s financiers.
The issue with Japan and Taiwan on the iconic jacket? China’s got a tense relationship with Japan in recent years over their fight for islands in the East China Sea. China’s also got a complicated relationship with Taiwan … which the Chinese used to control before Taiwan separated in 1949.
The senator tells us he’s still gonna watch the movie cause he’s a huge fan — who isn’t?! — but thinks it sucks China’s got this much power in the modern world.