South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker hit again at China after the authorities scrubbed the show from the Chinese internet. The episode, “Band in China,” is a critique of how Hollywood shapes its content material to keep away from offending Chinese authorities censors. “South Park” has by no means been afraid to be offensive, which is why the show now just about not exists in China. Every clip, any on-line dialogue from Chinese streaming companies, social media, and even fan pages have been deleted by the authorities, based on The Hollywood Reporter.
Stone and Parker issued an apology on Monday after China’s crackdown — nicely, type of. “Like the NBA, we welcome the Chinese censors into our homes and into our hearts,” they mentioned in a assertion on Twitter. “We too love money more than freedom and democracy.”
Houston Rockets basic supervisor Daryl Morey expressed help for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests in a tweet on Sunday. The backlash got here shortly: The Chinese Basketball Association mentioned it will droop all cooperation with the crew, and China’s prime state broadcaster introduced that it will droop airing Houston Rockets occasions on tv. The NBA mentioned Monday that it acknowledges that Morey’s views “have deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China, which is regrettable.”
This is not the first time seemingly innocent content material has turn out to be forbidden in China. After individuals on-line in contrast Winnie the Pooh and Tigger to Chinese President Xi Jinping and former President Barack Obama in 2017, the honey-loving teddy bear was banned from China’s our on-line world.
The “South Park” creators ended their fake apology with a jab at Xi and China’s authoritarian authorities.
“Xi doesn’t just look like Winnie the Pooh at all. Tune into our 300th episode this Wednesday at 10!” Stone and Parker’s assertion continued. “Long live the Great Communist Party of China! May this autumn’s sorghum harvest be bountiful! We good now China?”