Chinese Government Reportedly Pulls 'South Park' from Internet After Critical Episode

Yolanda Curtis
October 8, 2019

Long-running animated comedy South Park has managed to generate a new global controversy, with the series now completely banned in China in the wake of its most recent episode. The episode, "Band in China", aired October 2 in the U.S and was the second episode of the show's 23rd season.

"South Park" episodes, clips, and mentions have been eliminated from the Chinese internet, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The episode in question features Randy Marsh getting in big trouble on a visit to China, where he was trying to sell weed.

Meanwhile, another group of characters - Stan, Jimmy, Kenny, and Butters - formed a metal band, which caught the attention of a Hollywood manager who wanted to produce a film about them, but constantly modified the script in order for the movie to be distributed in China.

As reported by the Hollywood Reporter, when typing South Park into China's largest online forum, Baidu Tieba, the following message appears: "According to the relevant law and regulation, this section is temporarily not open". China's own streaming services, such as Youku, has scrubbed 'South Park' from its libraries and social media platforms such as Weibo have deleted any and all references to the show.

Full episodes, including Band in China, can be found through the official South Park Studios website. We too love money more than freedom and democracy. The 23rd season, which premiered on September 25, will also allow the show to hit their 300th episode.

Chinese president Xi Jinping is often compared to Winnie the Pooh and the character is aggressively censored in the country, which is where that part of the statement comes from.

Upon arrival in China, Randy gets arrested for attempting to bring marijuana into the country, and is forced to make dolls in a prison sweatshop and read communist literature. "May this autumn's sorghum harvest be bountiful".

The guys behind "South Park" are taking shots at the National Basketball Association for apologizing to China. and it's pretty amusing in an "International political incident" sort of way.

The animated series' creators ended by asking: "We good now China?"

The NBA line is referring to a recent situation in which Daryl Morey, general manager of the NBA's Houston Rockets, tweeted his support for pro-democracy protests that have been raging for weeks in Hong Kong against the oppressive Chinese government.

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