20°C / 22°C
  • Tue
  • 29°C
  • 12°C
  • Wed
  • 28°C
  • 11°C
  • Thu
  • 32°C
  • 15°C
  • Fri
  • 29°C
  • 18°C
  • Sat
  • 29°C
  • 15°C
  • Sun
  • 31°C
  • 15°C
  • Tue
  • 21°C
  • 11°C
  • Wed
  • 17°C
  • 11°C
  • Thu
  • 19°C
  • 11°C
  • Fri
  • 18°C
  • 13°C
  • Sat
  • 18°C
  • 13°C
  • Sun
  • 17°C
  • 12°C
  • Tue
  • 30°C
  • 13°C
  • Wed
  • 30°C
  • 12°C
  • Thu
  • 35°C
  • 18°C
  • Fri
  • 31°C
  • 20°C
  • Sat
  • 31°C
  • 17°C
  • Sun
  • 35°C
  • 17°C
  • Tue
  • 30°C
  • 14°C
  • Wed
  • 30°C
  • 13°C
  • Thu
  • 35°C
  • 16°C
  • Fri
  • 31°C
  • 22°C
  • Sat
  • 31°C
  • 18°C
  • Sun
  • 32°C
  • 18°C
  • Tue
  • 18°C
  • 14°C
  • Wed
  • 29°C
  • 16°C
  • Thu
  • 23°C
  • 17°C
  • Fri
  • 27°C
  • 18°C
  • Sat
  • 26°C
  • 19°C
  • Sun
  • 26°C
  • 19°C
  • Tue
  • 17°C
  • 12°C
  • Wed
  • 18°C
  • 11°C
  • Thu
  • 19°C
  • 12°C
  • Fri
  • 22°C
  • 14°C
  • Sat
  • 19°C
  • 15°C
  • Sun
  • 19°C
  • 15°C
  • Tue
  • 23°C
  • 9°C
  • Wed
  • 18°C
  • 9°C
  • Thu
  • 23°C
  • 10°C
  • Fri
  • 21°C
  • 11°C
  • Sat
  • 18°C
  • 9°C
  • Sun
  • 16°C
  • 9°C
  • Tue
  • 19°C
  • 10°C
  • Wed
  • 17°C
  • 11°C
  • Thu
  • 20°C
  • 12°C
  • Fri
  • 20°C
  • 13°C
  • Sat
  • 17°C
  • 12°C
  • Sun
  • 15°C
  • 12°C
  • Tue
  • 33°C
  • 17°C
  • Wed
  • 32°C
  • 15°C
  • Thu
  • 36°C
  • 18°C
  • Fri
  • 33°C
  • 21°C
  • Sat
  • 34°C
  • 19°C
  • Sun
  • 36°C
  • 19°C
  • Tue
  • 30°C
  • 10°C
  • Wed
  • 28°C
  • 13°C
  • Thu
  • 31°C
  • 11°C
  • Fri
  • 31°C
  • 13°C
  • Sat
  • 30°C
  • 14°C
  • Sun
  • 32°C
  • 14°C
  • Tue
  • 18°C
  • 14°C
  • Wed
  • 33°C
  • 14°C
  • Thu
  • 29°C
  • 17°C
  • Fri
  • 34°C
  • 15°C
  • Sat
  • 34°C
  • 19°C
  • Sun
  • 36°C
  • 19°C
  • Tue
  • 17°C
  • 9°C
  • Wed
  • 19°C
  • 11°C
  • Thu
  • 20°C
  • 10°C
  • Fri
  • 23°C
  • 14°C
  • Sat
  • 17°C
  • 13°C
  • Sun
  • 19°C
  • 13°C

'South Park' creators offer mocking 'apology' to China over episode

The long-running 'South Park' series is one of cable channel Comedy Central’s biggest and most controversial hits, built around the misadventures of four foul-mouthed fourth-graders.

Characters from 'South Park' in the episode titled 'Band in China'. Picture: @SouthPark/Twitter

LOS ANGELES, SHANGHAI - The creators of satirical animated series South Park issued a mocking “apology” to China after media reports that episodes of the show were no longer available on some Chinese websites.

The Band in China episode released on 2 October critiqued China’s policies on free speech as well as the efforts of Hollywood to shape its movie and television content in recent years to avoid angering censors in the vast Chinese market.

“Like the NBA, we welcome the Chinese censors into our homes and into our hearts. We too love money more than freedom,” Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of the irreverent Comedy Central show, wrote in a Twitter post titled “Official apology to China.”

“Long live the Great Communist Party of China! May this autumn’s sorghum harvest be bountiful! We good now China?” Parker and Stone added.

A Reuters search online showed that iQiyi and Youku Tudou, two Chinese video streaming sites, both listed episodes of South Park available to view, but the actual episodes did not play when requested.

Searching for the show’s name on Baidu Tieba, a popular online forum, and on Douban, a popular movie ratings site, did not yield any results.

Spokespersons for Youku Tudou, iQiyi and Baidu did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Watch the full episode - https://cart.mn/sp-2302 The Hollywood Reporter article - https://cart.mn/china

Posted by South Park on Monday, 7 October 2019

The Cyberspace Administration of China, which oversees internet governance, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The South Park statement followed an uproar in China and the United States over a weekend tweet, which was quickly withdrawn, by the general manager of the Houston Rockets basketball team that backed democracy protests in Hong Kong.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) has built a large following and burgeoning business in China.

The long-running South Park series is one of cable channel Comedy Central’s biggest and most controversial hits, built around the misadventures of four foul-mouthed fourth-graders.

The episode at the centre of the latest dispute saw character Randy Marsh being arrested after trying to smuggle marijuana into China.

In jail, he meets two Chinese prisoners called Winnie the Pooh and Piglet, and is subjected to slave labour and re-education.

China has in the past proved sensitive about the British children’s characters because Pooh is sometimes used as a nickname on social media for Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Comments

EWN welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

- Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
- Sexism
- Homophobia
- Religious intolerance
- Cyber bullying
- Hate speech
- Derogatory language
- Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the EWN community a safe and welcoming space for all.

EWN reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

EWN is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

comments powered by Disqus