South Park Thrashes Hollywood's Self-Censorship In New Episode - Studios Reportedly Change Storylines To Suit Chinese Markets
According to a report from TheHollywoodReporter.com, South Park recently took aim at the Hollywood film industry for the way in which they have reportedly been changing their story-lines to suit the sensibilities of the Chinese government.
South Park took several shots at Disney and Hollywood for the fact they frequently change their content so as to avoid censors in the nation. The newest episode, called "Band in China," was the second episode of the 23rd season and it featured Randy getting his idea to expand his marijuana business to China.
Randy, at first, had in his mind the idea that he's the first person to come up with the concept to expand his business model to the nation, however, upon his arrival, he discovers that Disney characters are already there.
Randy is then forced into a work camp for bringing illegal marijuana into the nation, and Randy meets several Disney characters, including Piglet as well as Winnie The Pooh, who were both also imprisoned on account of the fact the bear was used to mock the president of China.
In South Park, Colorado, the other main characters of the series, including Butters, Kenny, and Stan, form a heavy metal band and a director wants to make a film about them, but they are unable to due to the script changing on account of the fact it has to pass Chinese censors.
Stan says in the episode, "Now I know how Hollywood writers feel," as a Chinese guard stands over him and alters the script as he writes it. Furthermore, South Park creators take multiple shots at the film-making juggernauts, Disney, including Marvel and other Disney characters.
According to a 2016 Washington Post article, the outlet claimed that China's power has continued to grow over Hollywood and the film-making industry. The outlet called attention to the business partnership between Sony Pictures Entertainment as well as the Chinese company, Dalian Wanda. It was the third major Hollywood deal for the Chinese company in 2016.