'South Park' fires F-bomb in response to China ban

Brenda Watkins
October 12, 2019

In fact, they made it memorable by their wicked episode 3.

South Park now joins the likes of Winnie the Pooh, who was featured in the episode.

The controversy between Beijing and the show's creators began last Wednesday when they aired an episode titled "Band in China".

Eager to get a greenlight from Chinese censors, Hollywood studios take steps to avoid irking the government. Pooh Bear was also banned in China because the lovable children's character was used as a facial comparison to mock Chinese President Xi Jinping.

"South Park" celebrated its milestone 300th episode by escalating its criticism of China's government on Wednesday, continuing a plot line from the previous week's episode that concluded with one of the main characters shouting "F-- the Chinese government". Why would they? The show has entered into its 23rd season and being banned only means that it's likely to grow even more popular as people realize that censorship, being as divisive as it really is sometimes, is just another way to show the true colors of those that have no interest in free thought, expression, or even a hint that they're willing to step outside the box that some are more than willing to force others into.

Afterward, several NBA-related events in China were canceled, but two scheduled preseason games between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets were still on as of early Thursday. As it happens, Towelie, Randy's former business partner, bashes China for its human rights violations and condemns anyone who does business with them.

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The N.B.A.is hardly the first global business to make concessions to China's political sensitivities as it seeks access to its lucrative market, or to forcefully apologize after running afoul of them.

The episode especially reverberated with the individuals of Hong Kong as a result of its immediate takedown of the strategies Chinese government uses to quietness disagreeing voices, a playbook that has been rehashed turned out in Hong Kong.

In hindsight, this was expected after the "apology" of the creators.

"Like the National Basketball Association, we welcome the Chinese censors into our homes and into our hearts", the creators' official statement read. "We, too, love money more than freedom and democracy", the apology read. Xi [Jinping] doesn't look like Winnie the Pooh at all. Long live the incomparable Communist Party of China. May the autumn's sorghum harvest be bountiful!

Clearly, their reaction hints at something special.

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