CENSORED: South Park banned from Chinese internet

CENSORED: South Park banned from Chinese internet

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China has banned Comedy Central's South Park from the internet following an episode that mocked the way Hollywood cozied up to the country.

The story: China has ordered all online videos, clips, and discussions about South Park to be removed after the release of South Park's "Band in China" episode which criticized the way Hollywood shapes content so it won't be subject to censorship by the Chinese government, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The episode features a Hollywood producer who seeks to make a biopic about Stan's metal band but the group is told not to mention homosexuality, the Dalai Lama, or Winnie the Pooh in order for the movie to avoid offending Chinese audiences and make more money.

“We live in a time when the only movies that us American kids go see are the ones that are approved by China,” says Stan during the episode, according to IndieWire.

At one point in the episode, Stan is writing the script for his biopic as a Chinese guard stands over him and alters his work: "Now I know how Hollywood writers feel," Stan says.

In response to the episode, the Chinese government has banned the animated show from social media platform Weibo, Chinese communication platform Baidu's Tieba, and from the streaming service Youku.

Previously, the Chinese regime censored Winnie the Pooh after some internet users had compared the character to Chinese President Xi Jinping.

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone issued an apology to China on Monday...sort of.

A China-NBA controversy broke after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey expressed his support for the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong on Twitter, prompting Chinese broadcasters to stop showing Rockets games.

Morey's tweet also caused some local sponsors to pull their ads from the team, according to THR. He deleted the tweet and apologized, and the NBA said his tweet was “regrettable” and that it had “great respect” for China. Its Chinese statement, however, said it was “disappointed” by Morey’s views, and repeated the line that they had “greatly hurt the feelings of Chinese fans.”

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