'South Park' banned from Chinese internet after 'Band in China' episode

Stan and his band have to face the music with Chinese censors

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The highly controversial Season 23 episode, Band in China, premiered last Wednesday, Oct. 2, and less than a week later was banned in China (no pun intended), according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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.

China is now the second-largest theatrical market in the world and Hollywood has increasingly relied on the country's box office to give potential blockbusters a boost.

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Makers of the show have clearly not been respecting the Chinese authoritahhh, and the latest episode, if the title is anything to go by, may or may not have set out with the intention of being banned in China. However, along the way, their weedmongering gets some of them thrown in a detention camp meant to satirize the supposed "re-education" camps the Western media believes imprison millions of Uighurs in western China's Xinjiang Province. However, they keep having to change the script to appease Chinese government censors.

Comedy Central has yet to publicly comment on the crackdown.

In recent years, Hollywood studios have been accused of pressuring filmmakers to avoid negative portrayals of China in their movies. The Chinese Basketball Association immediately cut ties with the Rockets, and Chinese broadcasters began pledging not to show Rockets games in China, prompting Morey to issue an apology and the NBA to distance itself from Morey's comments before the day was out, Hollywood Reporter noted.

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The guys behind "South Park" are taking shots at the National Basketball Association for apologizing to China. and it's pretty amusing in an "International political incident" sort of way.

"Like the National Basketball Association, we welcome the Chinese censors into our homes and into our hearts".

More recently, after NBA Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted solidarity with Hong Kong's pro-democracy protestors, Chinese broadcasters announced that they would stop airing Houston Rockets games and local sponsors pulled their funding. Xi doesn't look like Winnie the Poo [sic] at all. "Long live the Great Communist Part of China!" May this autumn's sorghum harvest be bountiful! "We good now China?'"

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