South Park Says 'F*** The Chinese Government' In Latest Episode
Warning: This article contains spoilers
The makers of South Park have clearly taken no notice of their recent spat with China and have once again taken aim at the country's leaders.
And they're pulling no punches, with the 300th episode of the controversial show, titled "SHOTS!!!", seeing Randy Marsh scream 'F*** you' to the Chinese government.
In the episode, Randy is celebrating his weed farm breaking $300,000 (£240,000) in profits - due in no small part to his sales in China - but despite his success, everyone seems to be turning on him, even his business partner Towlie.
Ready to walk out, Towlie says: "You know why the Chinese buy our weed. It's to plant on their student protesters - so they can put them in jail!
"I'm never working for a company that's regulated by a communist government."
Beaten into submission, Randy gives in and shouts: "F*** the Chinese government!"
This comes just a week after 'Band in China', which did not go down well with authorities in China. So badly, in fact, that the country's government seemingly deleted all references to South Park from its heavily censored internet. Damn.
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The episode aired on Comedy Central and ripped into Hollywood filmmakers for trying to appease Chinese censors. But China got one over them by completely cancelling South Park, removing any trace of them from all the state internet providers and streaming services.
The storyline shows Randy trying to smuggle weed into the country as a new business venture and ending up working in a Chinese work camp, alongside Winnie the Pooh. The Disney character is sometimes compared to China President Xi Jinping, resulting in the character being censored in the country.
The other storyline that runs alongside it shows Stan, Jimmy, Kenny and Butters and the return of their band 'Fingerbang'.
On the cusp of having a movie made about them, Chinese censors keep trying to water their script down.
Stan declares: "Now I know how Hollywood writers feel," after he's forced to go through with the changes. Anyone who knows South Park will be aware they're not easily silenced, the lads even take a swipe at Disney. Mickey Mouse is depicted as a supporter of the censorship, but ultimately Stan abandons the whole project so as not to give in to the Chinese rules.
According to InkStone News, by Monday all reviews of any of South Park's 23 seasons have been removed from the popular Chinese review site Douban. Searches in both English and Chinese on the country's version of Facebook - Weibo - come back with no results.
Online forum Baidu Tieba also suspended their South Park page. It's been replaced with the message: "According to the relevant law and regulation, this section is temporarily not open."
So, by the looks of it, the apology Trey Parker and Matt Stone released earlier this week wasn't as sincere as we'd thought? Hmm.
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