It’s kind of unsurprising at this point that the Chinese government instantly retaliated like a petulant child against of one of America’s longest running satirical animated series, South Park, after they dedicated an episode specifically making fun of how Hollywood often attempts to curry favor with Chinese audiences/government because, of course, there’s potential to make more money. If President Xi Jinping can’t take being compared to Winnie the Pooh, they definitely aren’t going to like South Park’s take on how they run things.
As China has the mechanisms in place to scrub their Internet clean of something, all South Park content and mentions of South Park are reportedly gone.
For a country that has over a billion people, we wonder how long they can keep stupid charade going (this reeks of an Emperor’s New Clothes situation). It seems pretty unsustainable to have censorship operate at this level of that many people, especially as tech gets more and more clever to get around censors to get to a free Internet and the world is watching.
Anyways, we guess China still hasn’t figured out that their actions are only going to bolster many people to want to roast them more.