‘South Park’ Removed From Chinese Internet After Critical Episode | THR News


– I want to get away from
that farm more than anything, but it’s not worth living in a world where China controls my country’s art. – (speaking Chinese) – I don’t care how many people you have. (light music) – South Park has been scrubbed
from the Chinese internet after an episode of
the Comedy Central show criticized how Hollywood
tends to shape its content to avoid offending Chinese
government censors. Now those very same government
censors in the real world have lashed back at South Park by deleting virtually every clip, episode, and online discussion of the show from Chinese streaming services, social media, and even fan pages. For example, a search of the Twitter-like social media service Weibo turns up not a single mention of South Park among the billions of past posts. And on streaming serve
Youku, all links to clips, episodes, and even full seasons
of the show are now dead. The response is par for the course for China’s authoritarian government, which has even been known
to aggressively censor Winnie the Pooh because
some local internet users had affectionately taken to comparing Chinese president Xi
Jinping to the character. On Monday afternoon, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt
Stone issued a statement with a full apology about the ban. It reads, “Like the NBA, we
welcome the Chinese censors “into our homes and into our hearts. “We too love money more
than freedom and democracy. “Xi doesn’t look like
Winnie the Pooh at all. “Tune into our 300th episode
on Wednesday at 10:00 PM. “Long live the great
Communist Party of China. “May the autumn’s sorghum
harvest be bountiful. “We good now, China?” – I want to be proud of who we are, guys, and anybody who would betray their ideals just to make money in China
isn’t worth a lick of spit. (light music) – For more on this story, head to thr.com. Until next time, for The
Hollywood Reporter News, I’m Tiffany Taylor. (air whooshing)

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