South Park’s producers have issued a sarcastic apology to China following reports that the show has been censored for comparing President Xi Jinping to Winnie the Pooh and ridiculing the country.
The cartoon’s creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone posted an “official statement” on Twitter: “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. Tune into our 300th episode this Wednesday at 10! Long live the Great Communist Party of China! May this autumn’s sorghum harvest be bountiful! We good now China?”
— South Park (@SouthPark) October 7, 2019
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Kyle returns to South Park and gives Stan a great idea, but the boys realize they can't betray their ideals. Watch the all-new episode, “Band In China” for FREE – https://t.co/oktKSJvjxS #southpark23 #fingerbang pic.twitter.com/Bq5K6gWjOV
— South Park (@SouthPark) October 3, 2019
In the 300th South Park episode Band in China, a character is arrested in China and witnesses the harsh treatment of prisoners, including Winnie the Pooh and Piglet.
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