It never comes as a shock when South Park says or does something completely offensive.
The adult cartoon is well known for its hilarious, controversial, and often offensive humor and this is what makes it so popular around the world.
However, not everyone is a fan of Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s creation and the show has made its fair share of enemies over the years… and the entire country of China is the latest one.
A new episode named “Band in China” has been, literally, banned in China – and it’s not just the episode that’s been banned, the whole show has, so keep scrolling to learn more…
South Park is one of America’s most famous adult cartoons.
Created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone back in 1997, the show follows the misadventures of 4 potty-mouthed grade-schoolers in the dysfunctional town of South Park, Colorado.
They were in the same film class when attending the University of Colorado and both found the experience of standing on film sets extremely boring, so they would amuse one another by making silly voices.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Parker said: “We would always talk like these little kids and make each other laugh.”
South Park is known for its DIY style…
Parker was inspired by his impressive cartoon debut at school about American history, in which he cut shapes out of paper and modeled them into characters that would eventually be recreated and produced into animation for South Park.
“The Spirit of Christmas” was one of the show’s first aired episodes, and it was with the help of Hollywood legend, George Clooney, that it rocketed.
Clooney reportedly made hundreds of VHS copies of the episode to sell to his friends as he was that much of a fan.
The show debuted in 1997 with pretty much no marketing at all…
The premiere got 899,000 viewers when it was predicted that it would be lucky to get 200,000.
This was a complete shock to Parker and Stone as they didn’t think that the show would last – but, now, South Park has released its twenty-third season.
This includes 5 Primetime Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, an MTV Music Award, and has had numerous inclusions in various publications’ lists of greatest TV shows.
South Park is one of the most popular cartoons on TV next to The Simpsons…
But the unique thing about South Park is its lack of fear when addressing and poking fun at controversial and current events.
South Park is known to push the boundaries of what is and what isn’t acceptable to be shown on TV. This includes the issues of gun laws here in America, which was mentioned during an episode in season nineteen, in which a character named PC Principle went on to tackle everything from gun rights to the gentrification of South Park.
The episode “Osama Bin Laden Has Farty Pants” aired 2 months after 9/11 in season 5 of South Park, which shows the boys accidentally being shipped to Afghanistan, having to battle with bin Laden face on.
Celebrities get mocked constantly in South Park, including Sarah Jessica Parker, who was compared to a moose; Stephen Baldwin, whose drug addiction was made fun of; Justin Bieber, who was murdered; Britney Spears, who had another meltdown, and, of course, Michael Jackson (need we say more?).
Mr. Jefferson is portrayed as Michael Jackon in disguise, and the episode focuses on issues surrounding race and pedophilia.
The controversial nature of South Park has brought in complaints from around the world, ranging from concerned parents, to celebrities, to world leaders.
“Band in China” has actually been banned from China completely and so has the whole of South Park.
The episode took aim at the tendency in US culture to adjust content to accommodate Chinese censorship laws.
“It’s not worth living in a world where China controls my country’s art,” says one character in the episode.
South Park couldn’t resist making numerous digs at the country…
The storyline also follows dad, Randy, trying to smuggle pot into the country and ending up working in a Chinese work camp, alongside Winnie the Pooh, who is also banned in China after having been compared to President Xi Jinping.
South Park no longer exists in China.
According to InkStone News, as of the 7th October, all reviews for any of South Park‘s twenty-three seasons have been removed from the popular Chinese review site, Douban.
Searches in both English and Chinese on the country’s version of Facebook will come back with no results.
The country has taken this ban very seriously …
China’s streaming service, Youku, has also removed links to all South Park videos, episodes, and seasons.
In typical Parker and Stone fashion, the creators issued an apology on Facebook, reading: “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 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?”
But this certainly doesn’t make China the first country to hold a grudge against South Park and, let’s face it, it’s not exactly going to phase Parker and Stone now, is it?