Banned South Park Episode Joins Hong Kong Protests

Carla Harmon
October 12, 2019

On Monday evening, show makers Trey Parker and Matt Stone gave an announcement with an artificial statement of regret about the boycott that referenced the National Basketball Association, which has likewise been captured in Chinese contention.

In the episode Shots, which was coincidentally the show's 300th episode, Stan Marsh's father Randy is running a weed business selling product to China.

And while NBA Commissioner Adam Silver scrambles to support free speech while at the same time trying to appease the Chinese government and hold onto the lucrative Chinese market, the writers for South Park, 23 seasons in, continue to fully embrace their free speech, with Randy loudly proclaiming at the end, "F**k the Chinese government!"

Want daily pop culture news delivered to your inbox? . We too love money more than freedom and democracy. Towelie asks him to shout the anti-Chinese-government message. Xi doesn't look like Winnie the Pooh by any stretch of the imagination. The South Park creators didn't give a damn about what the Chinese government wanted and still don't.

In the Band in China episode, Randy flies to China in hopes to expand his marijuana business but winds up in Chinese prison soon after landing.

"Like the National Basketball Association, we welcome the Chinese censors into our home and into our hearts". "I can't sell my soul like this", says one character, who was under pressure from Chinese censors to rewrite his music.

South Park's creators have responded with a mock apology to reports that China has censored the programme, ridiculing the country and comparing President Xi Jinping to Winnie the Pooh.

Tensions were also rising between the USA and China over a controversy involving the National Basketball Association - sparked by a weekend Twitter message in which Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey expressed support for pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong, a Chinese territory. Long live the Great Communist Party of China!

One of the few mainstream shows known for its unapologetic "edgy" comedy, South Park has had altercations with various groups over the nature of their jokes. May the autumn's sorghum harvest be bountiful! "We good now China?" the statement read. Comparing the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, Xi Jinping to a certain beloved honey-loving Disney character and calling out the National Basketball Association for their compliance to Chinese censorship, the mock apology certainly delivered hard hitting subtle jabs.

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