China Banned South Park After the Show Made Fun of Chinese Censorship

China Banned South Park After the Show Made Fun of Chinese Censorship

The highly controversial Season 23 episode, Band in China, premiered last Wednesday, Oct. 2, and less than a week later was banned in China (no pun intended), according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Makers of the show have clearly not been respecting the Chinese authoritahhh, and the latest episode, if the title is anything to go by, may or may not have set out with the intention of being banned in China.

The most recent episode, aptly named "Band in China", critiqued Hollywood studios that steer clear of producing any content that would offend the Chinese government, lest they face censorship.

Because he enters the country with marijuana, Randy is quickly thrown into jail, where he meets a locked up and miserable Winnie the Pooh. The Disney character is sometimes compared to China President Xi Jinping, resulting in the character being censored in the country.

Meanwhile, Stan, Kenny, Butters and Jimmy form a death metal band at home in South Park.

In the second episode of South Park's 23rd season, Google, Disney, and the National Basketball Association were all criticized for compromising their moral integrity to get Chinese money. However, they keep having to change the script to appease Chinese government censors.

One scene depicts Mickey Mouse watching closely over a number of other beloved Disney icons and Marvel superheroes while he encourages them to entertain the local authorities and earn their trust. However, along the way, their weedmongering gets some of them thrown in a detention camp meant to satirize the supposed "re-education" camps the Western media believes imprison millions of Uighurs in western China's Xinjiang Province.

The South Park page Baidu Tieba also suspended their South Park page. If users manually type in the URL for what was formerly the South Park thread, a message appears saying that, "According to the relevant law and regulation, this section is temporarily not open".

The "South Park" episode is heavily critical of China's censorship and references the country's crackdown on Winnie the Pooh imagery.

"We, too, love money more than freedom and democracy", the statement read in part. A report from Ampere Analysis a year ago predicted that China would surpass the U.S. as the world's box office leader by 2022.

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