- The Washington Times - Monday, October 7, 2019

“South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker sent Chinese censors into a banning frenzy after the release of an episode titled “Band in China.”

The show is being scrubbed from Chinese social media platforms for its commentary on Hollywood’s willingness to abandon American ideals to curry favor with the Chinese government.

“You seem to treat your people like dirt,” a character named Randy tells government officials at one point. “You don’t believe in any individual freedoms. I mean, you’ve got Winnie the Pooh and Piglet in jail?! Now come on, China!”

“You gotta lower your ideals of freedom if you wanna suck on the warm teat of China,” the show’s official Twitter page added Oct. 6.

The Hollywood Reporter noted Monday that government censors responded by “deleting virtually every clip, episode and online discussion of the show from Chinese streaming services, social media and even fan pages.”

“And on Baidu’s Tieba, China’s largest online discussions platform, the threads and sub-threads related to South Park are nonfunctional. If users manually type in the URL for what was formerly the South Park thread, a message appears saying that, ‘According to the relevant law and regulation, this section is temporarily not open,’” THR added.

China’s decision comes roughly one month after Mr. Parker told the magazine that writers should be able to find comedy in issues besides President Trump.

“It was nice to not come in and talk about Donald Trump,” he said of creating the show’s previous season — its 22nd. “And I think it was nice for people to watch and go, ‘Oh, yeah, there is still comedy outside of f—g Donald Trump. There is still funny s— as the world goes on.’ And you can get your Trump comedy on so many other shows.”

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