China Bans ‘South Park’ Over Episode Mocking Country

China Bans ‘South Park’ Over Episode Mocking Country”

Over at "South Park", last week's episode mocked China mercilessly for censorship. and pointed out how Winnie the Pooh is bear-non-grata over there because people have used the cartoon character to mock President Xi's physical appearance.

The duo behind the often provocative and controversial Comedy Central series couldn't hide the mockery in their fake apology, which was issued on Monday after China's censors virtually scrubbed all online traces of the episode "Band in China", the second episode of season 23.

It referenced China's crackdown on Winnie the Pooh, which has become a symbol of resistance to the country's leading Communist Party.

"Band in China" featured two storylines that were highly critical of China.

The other storyline that runs alongside it shows Stan, Jimmy, Kenny and Butters and the return of their band "Fingerbang".

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. "We live in a time when the only movies that us American kids go see are the ones that are approved by China", Stan says during the episode. "South Park" depicts the miserable working conditions of the camp, and in one moment Winnie the Pooh is spotted as a prisoner. After China's ruling Communist Party announced it wanted to eliminate presidential term limits a year ago, photos comparing its leader Xi Jinping to Pooh popped up online.

The statement comes after The Hollywood Reporter reported that "South Park" had been banned from China's internet. Searching threads and sub-threads related to the show on Baidu's Tieba, for instance, comes back with a message that reads, "According to the relevant law and regulation, this section is temporarily not open". Links to "South Park" clips, episodes, and some full seasons have been removed from the streaming service Youku.

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. Here are 5 rules that make its movies so special.

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