It is common knowledge that there is a strict curb on internet and social media use within the booming country of China. But in a flood of new reports, it appears that the government is paying more attention than we thought and in the firing line is German DJ and producer, Zedd.
Last week, popular adult cartoon South Park celebrated its 300th episode. With it, the latest instalment titled ‘Band in China’ looked to seemingly poke fun at Chinese leader Xi Jinping as well as its long-debated censorship, particularly on how it shapes today’s Hollywood. Since airing on October 9, South Park has been wiped from the country’s internet and can no longer be found on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent to Twitter.
Amidst the controversy brewing in the East Asian country, Zedd took to his social media, adding fuel to the fire. “I just got permanently banned from China because I liked a @SouthPark tweet,” he published. Harsh move. It leaves us to ask who else was banned from the country?
I just got permanently banned from China because I liked a @SouthPark tweet.
— Zedd (@Zedd) October 10, 2019
Show creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone also released a statement regarding the show’s ban, saying, “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 just 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?”