It shouldn’t come as a surprise at this point, but Xi Jinping can’t take a joke or well deserved, satirical criticism of his policies and doctrine either.
Over a week ago, John Oliver and his Last Week Tonight team did this segment about China, specifically focusing on the troubling restrictions on free expression in China by President Xi Jinping. In retaliation (and to probably keep Chinese citizens in the dark about the authoritarian and Islamophobic tendencies of Xi’s administration), Chinese State Media has just blocked access to HBO’s website.
So, Last Week Tonight has to be watched via the Dark Web in China (or maybe in Hong Kong)?
We can only imagine that it would be very hard to be a comedian, especially a political one, operating in China right now even though there’s plenty to make fun of and satirize.