South Park China: Writers ‘apologise’ after Beijing censorship
The makers of US TV comedy South Park have issued a mock apology to China after the show was made largely unavailable in the country.
In a recent episode, the character Randy is subjected to forced labour and Communist Party re-education after being jailed during a visit to China.
Most South Park episodes and reviews are now unavailable online in China.
“We welcome the Chinese censors into our homes and hearts,” the apology said. “Long live the Communist Party!”
What happens in the episode?
In “Band in China”, Randy Marsh travels to China to try to expand his marijuana business.
He is arrested, sent to prison, and subjected to forced labour and re-education.
In one scene, Randy is seen standing in the rain while a guard gives him an electric shock.
“I am a proud member of the Communist Party,” Randy then reads from a card. “The party is more important than the individual.”
He then sees a guard shoot a prisoner in the head, before being sent to an overcrowded cell where he starts a conversation with Winnie the Pooh and Piglet.
In 2017, images of Winnie the Pooh were blocked in China because people compared him to the Chinese president, Xi Jinping.
“Some people said Pooh looked like the Chinese president, so we’re illegal in China now,” says Piglet.
“What kind of madhouse is this?” replies Randy.