At the moment this seems to be one of the biggest issues that China has with South Park since it made fun of their president and because the Chinese government is fully capable of censoring the type of media they allow the people to see.
After last week's episode featured plots critical of Chinese censorship and American corporations' willingness to go along with it, the long-running Comedy Central cartoon doubled down on its critiques of Beijing in this week's installment.
"I'm never working for a company that's regulated by a communist government", Towelie says, pressing Randy to promise "no more kissing China's [expletive]" while threatening to leave if Randy doesn't condemn the Chinese regime.
The controversy between Beijing and the show's creators began last Wednesday when they aired an episode titled "Band in China". Also, Winnie the Pooh is removed in China, accounting for this.
Randy eventually agrees to stop selling to China, and in order to make Towelie believe he's honest, ends up shouting "f-- the Chinese government". Randy's former business partner raises the issue of human rights violations in China.
The N.B.A.is hardly the first global business to make concessions to China's political sensitivities as it seeks access to its lucrative market, or to forcefully apologize after running afoul of them.
"[Expletive] the Chinese government!" character Randy Marsh shouts in the episode aired on October 9. On his flight to China, Randy Marsh was surrounded by characters from "Avengers" and "Star Wars", along with N.B.A. players.
In hindsight, this was expected after the "apology" of the creators. "Xi doesn't look just like Winnie the Pooh at all". This was just two days before the airing of the anniversal episode.
'We too love money more than freedom and democracy. Tune into our 300th scene this Wednesday at 10! Long live the Great Communist Party of China! "Like the National Basketball Association, we welcome Chinese censors into our homes and into our hearts", they said a statement. May the autumn's sorghum harvest be bountiful! "We good now China?" the statement read.
Clearly, their reaction hints at something special.
They did not shy away from criticizing Disney and Marvel.
Meanwhile, another group of characters - Stan, Jimmy, Kenny, and Butters - formed a metal band, which caught the attention of a Hollywood manager who wanted to produce a film about them but constantly modified the script in order for the movie to be distributed in China.