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'Top Gun': Senator Lindsey Graham Says They 'Caved To China' By Changing Maverick's Jacket

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By Emily Reily

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), of all people, has weighed in on the Top Gun controversy, saying the movie has "caved to China," referring to Maverick's updated jacket.

1. New Patches Mysteriously Appeared

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The original jacket had patches with flags of Taiwan and Japan, while the new one has some of those same color schemes but with new symbols.

It's worth noting that Tencent, a Chinese tech firm, is helping fund Top Gun: Maverick, which may have something to do with Maverick's wardrobe change.

Did the country put pressure on Paramount Pictures?

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2. Decision May Have Been Political

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China and Japan have been at odds and battling for islands in the East China Sea.

In addition, China and Taiwan have issues, since China hasn't had control of Taiwan since 1949.

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4. Financing Woes

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"I hate to see the flag removed because of Chinese financing," he says.

Graham adds that he still plans to watch the new, older and wiser Maverick in the upcoming Top Gun sequel, which is due in 2020.

Thank god for that.

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