China has censored the ending of the animated film Minions: The Rise of Gru Despicable Me prequel, to deliver a message against crime. However, the censorship did not go down well with viewers who have voiced their protests on the Chinese microblogging website Weibo. Read also| Minions The Rise of Gru review: ‘Mini Boss’ Gru is the cutest supervillain

At the end of Minions: The Rise of Gru, Gru drove off with his co-conspirator Wild Knuckles who successfully faked his death to avoid being captured. However, China censored the part and replaced it with a series of subtitled stills in the closing credits sequence.

According to Bloomberg, the ending of the Chinese version of the film said that Wild Knuckles was caught after a botched robbery and was imprisoned for 20 years. He also discovered a ‘love of acting’ in prison and founded a theater company. On the other hand, Gru gave up acting as a super villain and “returned to his family.” Later becoming a father to three daughters has been described as his greatest achievement. This contradicts not only Minions: The Rise of Gru, but also the first film in the Despicable Me franchise in which Gru changes his mind and gives up crime after adopting three daughters.

Weibo users criticized the change, and a hashtag that referenced it got about 1.7 million views. According to BBC, one person wrote, “The real story is set in a parallel universe.” DuSir, a popular movie blogger, called the changes “outrageous,” adding, “How weak and flawed do they think our audience is?”

China, which has strict censorship rules, has also previously censored movie outputs. Earlier this year, it censored the climax of the 1999 movie Fight Club and replaced it with a message that all the criminals had been arrested and that the authorities were victorious. The ending had to be reverted to the original after backlash on social media.

(Inputs from Bloomberg)

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