The beloved Comedy Central series South Park has essentially been banned from China after an episode in the show’s 23rd season criticized the country’s influence on Hollywood and American businesses.
Even though the show doesn’t officially air in China, many people in the country watch the animated series via pirated copies on the internet.
After the “Band in China” episode aired on October 2, China has scrubbed all mentions of the show from the internet there.
Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of South Park, released an “official apology” to China amid the controversy.
“Like the NBA, we welcome Chinese censors into our homes and into our hearts,” they said. “We too love money more than freedom and democracy. Xi doesn’t look just like Winnie the Pooh at all. Tune into our 300th episode this Wednesday at 10! Long live the Great Communist Party of China! May this autumn’s sorghum harvest be bountiful! We good now China?”
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