'South Park': Notorious China Episode Screened on the Streets of Hong Kong

NBA 'South Park' episodes spotlight Hollywood's China dilemma

NBA 'South Park' episodes spotlight Hollywood's China dilemma

The show's recent season 23 episode Band In China, which explores how Hollywood shapes its content to avoid offending Chinese government censors, led to South Park's existence on Chinese internet being reportedly wiped altogether.

The episode also includes a plot line in which a character is caught selling drugs in China and as punishment is sent to a work camp, similar to the mass internment camps in Xinjiang where an estimated one million people, including Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are detained. From marijuana being corporatized, to corporations such as Disney and the National Basketball Association surrendering to the Chinese-government censors in order to gain access to Chinese viewers.

The episode, called Band in China, took aim at what it portrayed as a tendency in U.S. culture to adjust content to accommodate Chinese censorship laws.

Randy eventually agrees to stop selling to China, and in order to make Towelie believe he's honest, ends up shouting "f-- the Chinese government".

[In the episode, ] the character Randy Marsh flies to China hoping to expand his marijuana business there, only to be arrested at the airport.

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In hindsight, this was expected after the "apology" of the creators. Xi [Jinping] doesn't look like Winnie the Pooh at all. This was just two days before the airing of the anniversal episode.

"They have tried to do it in such a way that they can make as much money as possible by having access to the China market, but not become so embarrassed by the backlash at home", said Stanley Rosen, a political science professor at the University of Southern California.

In a continuation of last week's episode, this week's, the 300th (!) episode, South Park in no subtle way alludes to corporate greed outweighing the importance of democracy, while at the same time touching on human rights abuses on the part of the Chinese government. Long live the great Communist Party of China'. May this autumn's sorghum harvest be bountiful!

"South Park" discussion forums were shut down, and videos of the show were removed from the Chinese internet after last week's episode mocked the country's censorship.

The 23rd season of South Park started back up again on September 25, making audiences glad to be both a fan and to live in a country that allows satirical cartoons such as this to be aired. From Trapped In a Closet to Cartoon Wars, the show has never shied away from controversy. Since they also bend to China's rules and regulations.

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