South Park Creators Respond After Show Is Reportedly Banned in China

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After a South Park episode suggesting that Hollywood studios have to please China or risk being censored, China has registered its displeasure by-of all things-censoring South Park. Because Band in China heavily mocks not just the state of Hollywood, but China's censorship standards, too.

Now, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have released a sarcastic fake apology for the episode, in which they also brutally mock the National Basketball Association. The episode takes aim at China in two different ways: In one storyline, Randy gets caught trying to sell weed in China and ends up in a work camp similar to the kind where millions of Chinese Muslims have been placed for political indoctrination.

In the same episode, a producer wants to make a movie about Stan Marsh's new band, but tells Stan they must remove certain elements to make it palatable to Chinese censors.

Along those same lines, if users manually enter the URL for what used to be a South Park thread, they will be met with a message that reads, "According to the relevant law and regulation, this section is temporarily not open".

According to several reports, South Park has been scrubbed from the highly-regulated internet in China.

The Hollywood Reporter reported on Monday that China scrubbed "South Park" from its Internet, including any social media mentions on Weibo - as well as episodes and clips from the streaming service Youku.

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Meanwhile, Comedy Central will air the 300th South Park episode on Wednesday at 10 PM with another hot-button topic in its sights: the anti-vaccination movement.

More recently, after NBA Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted solidarity with Hong Kong's pro-democracy protestors, Chinese broadcasters announced that they would stop airing Houston Rockets games and local sponsors pulled their funding.

You gotta lower your beliefs of freedom at the same time as you wanna suck on the warmth teat of China. The 23rd season, which premiered on September 25, will also allow the show to hit their 300th episode. Long live the great Communist Party of China.

Over the weekend, Daryl Morey, general manager of the NBA's Houston Rockets, put out a tweet that expressed support for pro-democracy protests now going on in Hong Kong.

"We good now China?" the creators joked in conclusion.

Today the score stands China 1, South Park 1, but the creators of the hit animated satire are getting ready to bat again.

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