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Tencent-backed ‘Top Gun’ cuts Taiwan flag from Tom Cruise’s jacket

Tencent-backed ‘Top Gun’ cuts Taiwan flag from Tom Cruise’s jacket

Updated 10:55 AM ET, Mon July 22, 2019

Hong Kong (CNN)A new trailer for the sequel of 1986 blockbuster “Top Gun” is stirring up controversy because it shows Tom Cruise putting on the iconic bomber jacket he wore in the original film — but with two key changes.

In the Paramount Pictures trailer of “Top Gun: Maverick,” two jacket patches that had originally shown the Japanese and Taiwanese flags appear to have been swapped out and replaced with two ambiguous symbols in the same color scheme — leading to social media speculation that the swap was done to appease China.

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