South Park is no stranger to controversy and the NSFW show has found itself in trouble once again – this time with the Chinese government.
After airing an episode called ‘Band in China,’ which addressed the strict censorship rules in the country, it’s now being reported that the show is no longer available online for its citizens.
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In an article from The Hollywood Reporter, the Chinese government has deleted every single episode of South Park from the internet in China.
‘Band in China,’ one of the latest episodes of the potty-mouthed series, sees Stan’s dad (and the best character in the show) Randy head off to China to grow his marijuana business.
Randy being Randy, he winds up in a Chinese prison camp alongside fellow inmates including Winnie the Pooh and Marvel characters, i.e. characters who’ve somehow been censored within China.
Back in Colorado, the remaining South Park regulars have to contend with keeping their rock metal band in line with the ever-changing Chinese rules and regulations.
The episode calls into question the many censorships in place within China, which makes it a little ironic that the country has hit back by removing the entire show from its internet.
Taking to Twitter, South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker issued quite possibly one of the most wince-inducing statements of all time.
The duo said: “Like the NBA, we welcome the Chinese censors into our homes and into our hearts. We too love money more than freedom and democracy.”
A lot of the censorships that China is enforcing have affected the gaming community. Battle royale games PUBG and Fortnite have both had changes made to ensure complicity within the country, whereas gambling, blood and gore have also been censored elsewhere.
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