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South Park episode 'Band in China' gets South Park banned in China

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Adrian Cunningham | 12 October, 2019, 21:51

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. "South Park" episodes were subsequently pulled from Chinese streaming sites [L3N26T2GI].

The episode-called "Band in China"-depicted forced labor at a Chinese prison, and parodied companies that cave-in to censorship for commercial gain". Thus, the animated series earned a ban in China.

The creators of irreverent comedy "South Park" took aim at that approach, as well as China's policies on free speech, in an episode released on October 2 called "Band in China". Why would they? The show has entered into its 23rd season and being banned only means that it's likely to grow even more popular as people realize that censorship, being as divisive as it really is sometimes, is just another way to show the true colors of those that have no interest in free thought, expression, or even a hint that they're willing to step outside the box that some are more than willing to force others into. There, he meets with fellow prisoners Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet, who became victims of China's crackdown due to memes comparing the characters with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

Afterward, several NBA-related events in China were canceled, but two scheduled preseason games between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets were still on as of early Thursday.

The plot of Shots sees Randy, Stan's dad, being questioned by Towelie.

When confronted about the country's human rights abuses by his former business partner Towelie, he agrees to stop selling to China over ethical concerns.

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The episode is also rife with criticism of Hollywood, depicting Randy Marsh on a plane full of Marvel characters owned by Disney.

In hindsight, this was expected after the "apology" of the creators. In many ways Parker and Stone have at least shown a good example of how to deal with governments that don't seem to have a sense of humor, unlike the National Basketball Association.

They further added, "We too love money more than freedom and democracy".

The tweet that set off the alleged ban was a "South Park" post about its 300th episode.

A script for 2015 sci-fi comedy "Pixels", for example, featured a scene where space aliens blew up China's Great Wall, but the movie released in theaters spared the landmark. May this autumn's sorghum harvest be bountiful!