Published: Sat, October 12, 2019

NBA, 'South Park' episodes spotlight Hollywood's China dilemma

NBA, 'South Park' episodes spotlight Hollywood's China dilemma

Numerous praised South Park makers Trey Parker and Matt Stone as "prophets", and uncommon Western media figures ready to demonstrate "solid spine" because of the Chinese government's endeavors to smother global free discourse. The show criticized the Chinese government's influence over Hollywood. Once known mostly for the raunchy humor coming from the mouths of its elementary-school-age main characters, the show has in recent seasons focused on political and cultural satire, without abandoning its boundary-pushing ways.

"Band in China" was censored and scrubbed from the internet in China.

The infamous scene of South Park, which got the show prohibited in China, was screened in the city of Hong Kong on Tuesday evening. Since they also bend to China's rules and regulations. That's right, one of the most popular sports in the country, in the world no doubt, has been granted an example as to what's really important, money over principles as it's been stated. Since the episode aired, the Chinese government has moved to clear nearly all references to the show from the country's Internet services and search engines.

This week's episode, titled "Shots!", is largely a takedown of anti-vaxxers, but the b-plot follows up on Randy Marsh's dealings with the Chinese government, which began in last week's "Band in China".

Eventually the boys tire of the ordeal. "We too love money more than we love freedom and democracy", the duo wrote.

Several companies in China, including some of the NBA's major business partners there, lashed out at the league over Morey's tweet. Thus, the animated series earned a ban in China. Movie ticket sales in China reached $9 billion in 2018. And while information on South Park was still available on a few video streaming sites, episodes could not be played. Earlier, Randy was selling weed in China.

The episode comes just two days after "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker mocked both China's reaction to last week's episode and the way the National Basketball Association caved to Chinese pressure after the general manager of the Houston Rockets expressed support for Hong Kong protesters.

Last week's episode, entitled Band in China, also mocks jokes about China's crackdown on Winnie the Pooh, whose character has repeatedly been compared to Chinese President Xi Jinping.

In the episode, "Shots", one of the plots follows Stan's dad, Randy, who has founded a weed business, faced with a moral dilemma when huge profits from China come in conflict with human rights concerns.

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