Published: Tue, October 08, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

South Park Banned By Chinese Government After 'Band in China' Episode

South Park Banned By Chinese Government After 'Band in China' Episode

Given the episode's title, creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone clearly anticipated this development. This includes Winnie the Pooh, because resistance figures have taken to comparing Chinese leader Xi Jingping to the character, which reportedly led to the 2018 Pooh film, Christopher Robin, being banned. Tune into our 300th episode the Wednesday at 10 p.m.

It referenced China's crackdown on Winnie the Pooh, which has become a symbol of resistance to the country's leading Communist Party. May this autumn's sorghum harvest be bountiful!

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

The move was a response to the most recent episode of the Comedy Central series, "Band in China", which mocked Hollywood for its tendency to shape content to avoid offending China and its censors.

The Oct. 2 episode didn't go over well with Beijing, which apparently responded by deleting all clips, episodes and discussions of it from its highly regulated internet, including social-media sites, the Hollywood Reporter said. Their cheeky Monday statement could potentially escalate the feud - or, at the very least, drive viewership to the episode stateside.

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And on Baidu's Tieba, China's largest online discussions platform, the threads and sub-threads related to South Park are nonfunctional. "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", the Hollywood Reporter claimed.

In the "Band in China" episode of South Park, Randy Marsh heads to China to sell weed, but he's arrested and put in prison, where he sees Winnie the Pooh and Piglet imprisoned as well.

Disney's "Christopher Robin", a live-action take on the Winnie the Pooh characters, was not released in China past year because the character was such a symbol of resistance, according to THR. The episode centres on Stan, Kenny, Butters and Jimmy forming a heavy metal band that eventually ends up getting a biopic made about them before they even chart.

The reference to the National Basketball Association is the imbroglio that followed a tweet over the weekend by Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey that showed support for Hong Kong anti-government protests. "Stand with Hong Kong". which led to the Chinese government essentially blackballing the Rockets. The NBA ultimately apologized for Morey's comments.

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