South Park creators zing China with fake apology after episode censorship


Comedy Central's "South Park" has been completely stripped from China's internet after an episode criticized the country's censorship practices and the detention of Muslim minorities, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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The latest episode of "South Park" took several shots at the Chinese government for censorship and Hollywood film companies like Disney for going along with it in order to get their films released in the lucrative Chinese market. Randy quickly finds himself in a Chinese prison, where he also runs into Winnie the Pooh - a character infamously censored online because users often compared him to Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Practically all signs of the show have been scrubbed from the Chinese internet, and now creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have issued an "official apology" in response. We too love money more than freedom and democracy. After the band gains popularity, a manager wants to make a film about them but the script is constantly being changed so the film can be shown in China. "Xi doesn't just look like Winnie the Pooh at all".

"South Park" airs Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central. Long live the Great Communist Party of China! "May this autumn's sorghum harvest be bountiful". A search of the Twitter-like social media service Weibo turns up not a single mention of South Park among the billions of past posts. A report from Ampere Analysis a year ago predicted that China would surpass the United States as the world's box office leader by 2022. Links to clips and episodes of the series on ecommerce giant Alibaba's Youku streaming service reportedly no longer work as well.