Disney has faraway from its Hong Kong streaming service an episode of The Simpsons that mocks Chinese censorship.
That’s proper. At the behest of China, Disney censored an episode that mocked Chinese censorship.
On Disney+ in Hong Kong, The Simpsons’ sixteenth season jumps from episode 11 to 13. Episode 12, which aired in 2005, tells the story of Homer taking his household to China to go to Tiananmen Square. In the episode, the Simpson household comes throughout a placard that reads, “On this site, in 1989, nothing happened.”
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Disney has allegedly eliminated one episode of The Simpsons from the Hong Kong version of Disney+, which described the household’s go to to Beijing and carried this well-known scene.
— Alvin Lum (@alvinllum) November 27, 2021
For context, the Chinese Communist Party has instantly scrubbed any point out of the 1989 bloodbath of pro-democracy scholar protestors in Mainland China for many years.
In addition, the Hollywood Reporter says, “the episode also follows the Simpson family as they visit the mummified remains of ex-leader Mao Zedong and come across a row of tanks in Beijing, referencing the iconic ‘tank man’ photo taken during the 1989 student uprising.”
Later in the episode, Homer describes Mao Zedong as “a little angel that killed 50 million people,” a line written to mock Chinese propaganda.
According to The Blaze, Disney’s censorship marks the primary time a significant American media firm has suppressed anti-CCP content material in Hong Kong, although it possible gained’t be the final.
The streaming wars in China are of explicit curiosity to U.S. companies as a result of Netflix, the main platform in the U.S, isn’t accessible in China. Netflix blames the nation’s “regulatory environment” for the dearth of a relationship. Netflix’s opponents might really feel that they have to adjust to China’s regulatory calls for to dethrone Netflix.
Filmmakers related to numerous companies already write scripts to incorporate China and Chinese characters to capitalize on the profitable Chinese field workplace.
Disney has but to reply to a number of requests for feedback about its plans in China shifting ahead.