Monday, 21 October, 2019

'South Park' fires F-bomb in response to China ban

South Park The Real Reason South Park Was Banned in China
Lora Ball | 12 October, 2019, 19:58

Meanwhile in Colorado, the South Park children form a band, and a manager wants to make a biopic about them - but insists that their life story be told in a way that will be acceptable to Chinese censors, so they don't lose access to the market.

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. Towelie asks him to shout the anti-Chinese-government message.

Anton Zaslavski, better known by his on-stage moniker Zedd, has been banned in China.

Often one for not caring about the irony of the situation, the Chinese government has banned South Park in China following an episode that critiqued the US media's acquiescence to Chinese media investors and censors. Why would they? The show has entered into its 23rd season and being banned only means that it's likely to grow even more popular as people realize that censorship, being as divisive as it really is sometimes, is just another way to show the true colors of those that have no interest in free thought, expression, or even a hint that they're willing to step outside the box that some are more than willing to force others into.

This was due to the character likening Winnie the Pooh to President Xi Jinping.

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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. "I can't sell my soul like this", says one character, who was under pressure from Chinese censors to rewrite his music.

The N.B.A.is hardly the first global business to make concessions to China's political sensitivities as it seeks access to its lucrative market, or to forcefully apologize after running afoul of them.

In the episode, "Shots", one of the plots follows Stan's dad, Randy, who has founded a weed business, faced with a moral dilemma when enormous profits from China come in conflict with human rights concerns.

The great thing about this show is that every episode is created within the span of six days, just so the creators can keep up with current events. South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have for a long time now danced on the razor's edge when it comes to making fun of celebrities, situations, religions, and pretty much anything they can think of, but this time it definitely turned on them since being banned throughout a country seems like a heavy hit to the old wallet if one is being honest. Xi [Jinping] doesn't look like Winnie the Pooh at all. Tune into our 300th episode this Wednesday at 10! Lengthy dwell the good Communist Celebration of China'. May the autumn's sorghum harvest be bountiful!

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