Warner Bros breaks silence over the ban on Barbie movie in Vietnam


Barbie movie has been in the news since the first look of the movie was released. Directed by Greta Gerwig, the film is scheduled to premiere worldwide on the 21st of July. Although the movie was banned in Vietnam prior to its theatrical release due to the portrayal of the conflicting map.

As per the controversy sparked, Warner Bros’ spokesperson said in an interview regarding the issue that the scene didn’t intend to make any type of statement. The movie stars Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in the key roles.


A few days back Vietnam banned the movie due to the illustration of the map that depicted the nine-dash line. This particularly shows China’s claims over the South China Sea, while Vietnam has contested over it for a long time and thus it disregards their sovereignty.

In a recent interview, Warner Bros’ representative said, “The map in Barbie Land is a 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,” to Variety.

The original scenes show a board with the world map over it that is drawn roughly with scribbles and hashtags. Next to Asia, the maps show only eight lines which are completely inappropriate as compared to the official map.

Vietnam’s Department Head of Cinema Vi Kien Thanh has stated that “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,” as quoted by ANI.

This is not the first time that films have gotten banned over the issue of the nine-dash line. Earlier Uncharted got censored due to similar issues in the Philippines and Abominable also got banned in 2019.