“We good now China?” is the question South Park and its writers have posed this week, in light of the latest spat between the TV series creators and the communist country.
Earlier this week, an episode of the famous satirical series South Park was banned by the Chinese government. The reason of this radical reaction has to be found (again) in the way China is portrayed. The episode covertly criticizes Chinese labor camps and of Hollywood’s dependency on China, where Chinese censorship laws are too easily accommodated: “it’s not worth living in a world where China controls my country’s art”.
As soon as the episode was aired, the Chinese government made its viewing impossible on every website of the country, and the resulting ‘apology’ from the South Park creators has been not long in coming. As their Twitter post read: “We welcome the Chinese censors into our homes and into our hearts […] We too love money more than freedom and democracy. Long live the Great Communist Party of China! May this autumn’s sorghum harvest be bountiful!”
Nevertheless, this displeased message was having the function to launch a new episode of the show titled ‘SHOTS!!!’ This 300th episode of the series features a strong direct attack to China, with another tweet line posted right after another ban: “F**k the Chinese Government!”
Luckily, few pirated versions of episodes have being spread online. This action also led to the South Park episode ‘Band In China’ being shown on a projector screen in the Sham Shui Po district of Hong Kong as another form of protest against the Chinese government by HongKongers.