Titled “Banned in China,” “South Park” Season 23 episode 2 mocked how Hollywood shape its TV and film content just to please the Chinese government. Because of this episode, the adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone is now banned in China.
Government censors have deleted “South Park” clips, episodes and online discussions from Chinese streaming services, social media and fan pages. The Comedy Central show is now virtually nonexistent in social media service Weibo and streaming service Youku, which is owned by internet giant Alibaba.
In response, Parker and Stone pushed the envelope even further. They took to Twitter to issue a mock apology.
In 2017, the Chinese government censored “Winnie the Pooh” because netizens had compared the Disney character to Xi Jinping, the preside of the People’s Republic of China. More recently, the Chinese Basketball Association and other Chinese businesses suspended ties with the National Basketball Association team Houston Rockets.
China was not pleased when Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey took to Twitter to express his supposed for the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. He tweeted a now-deleted image that read, “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong.”
Unlike the “South Park” creators, Morey seriously apologized to China. The Houston Rockets general manager took to Twitter on October 7, 2019 to explain his controversial tweet.
In “Band in China,” Randy Marsh sees an opportunity for Tegridy Farms in China so he travels there to expand his marijuana business. He gets arrested there gets imprisoned.
“I am a proud member of the Communist Party,” Randy reads from a card while he is in jail. “The party is more important than the individual.”
Randy witnesses a guard shooting a prisoner in the head. Then, he is sent to an overcrowded cell where he begins chatting to A. A. Milne’s characters Winnie the Pooh and Piglet.
Meanwhile, Stan Marsh starts a band to work out his frustration over having to move away from South Park. It was Parker who voiced both Randy and Stan in “Band in China” while Stone voiced Kyle Broflovski, Kenny McCormick and Butters Stotch.
Here is a “South Park” clip: