Long-running animated series South Park continued its fight with the Chinese government in its 300th episode this week after the program was cutoff in China last week.
“In the episode, titled “SHOTS!!!,” Towelie forces Randy Marsh to declare ‘F— the Chinese government,’” Business Insider said. “Marsh is reluctant at first since he’s been selling marijuana in the country.”
Last week, the show ridiculed the Communist Chinese regime over its massive censorship apparatus, and mocked Hollywood for capitulating to China’s speech governance.
“Band in China,” the most recent episode of South Park, roasts Hollywood for shaping its films and music to specifically avoid the wrath of Chinese censors.
The Chinese authoritarian government retaliated against South Park’s mockery of the government by removing all clips, episodes, and online discussion of the show from Chinese streaming services, social media, and even fan pages.
“Band In China” also made fun of the Chinese government’s censorship of Winnie The Pooh, which has become a symbol of resistance against Beijing while protestors in Hong Kong fight for democracy.
Naturally, the show’s creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, known for their hard-headedness and frequent dustups with the established order, refused to take the ban lying down. They issued a mock apology to the Chinese government, and took a swing at the National Basketball Association (NBA) for kowtowing to the regime.
“Like the NBA, we welcome the Chinese censors into our homes and into our hearts. We too love money more than freedom and democracy. Xi doesn’t look just like Winnie the Pooh at all,” Stone and Parker said.
South Park’s square-off with one of the most powerful dictatorships on Earth comes during a revealing week in the United States about just how much influence the Communist Chinese wield over American entertainment.
Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted his support last week for Hong Kong’s protestors, only to delete the tweet and backtrack. That set off a chain of events which forced the “woke” NBA, known for its players’ openness in discussing political issues (mainly bashing President Donald J. Trump) into an awkward position. Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, perhaps the “wokest” of the bunch, then compared China’s massive human rights violations to America’s social justice movement, specifically citing American gun violence in his comparison.
Fox Sports 1 reporter Jason Whitlock wasn’t buying what the league was selling, and explained exactly why it backed off its criticisms of the communist regime in a segment with Tucker Carlson.
“These guys can rail against our government, our president and be applauded for it. They don’t have the courage to speak out against a communist government. All kinds of human rights violations. It’s the epitome of hypocrisy and cowardice,” he said.
As it turns out, Whitlock explained, China essentially owns the NBA.
“I think the cultural impact that China’s influence over a great sport, great American sport like basketball, is just now being exposed and just how dependent the NBA is on the Chinese economy and the Chinese money to put on the appearance of how great the league is doing. Without the Chinese money and without — you really have to understand the shoe companies, Nike, Adidas, they run American basketball from the high school level all the way to the pros and the shoe companies are dependent on the China market and that’s where all of this is coming from,” Whitlock explained.
Worth noting is that there is one person who has been warning about Chinese influence on American culture and entertainment for a period of years. That man is Alex Jones, who has been banned from nearly the entirety of the internet. Jones is once again vindicated, while those who mocked him as a “conspiracy theorist” continue to drool on themselves while breathing through their mouths.