(Ezekiel Loseke, Headline USA) Disney dropped an episode of The Simpsons from its streaming platform in Hong Kong, because it mentions Chinese forced labor camps, making it the latest American company to bow to the censorship regime of the communist state.
The Simpsons episode is entitled “One Angry Lisa,” according to Axios. Marge Simpson, whilst attending an exercise class on top of the Great Wall of China, makes the offending comment.
“Behold the wonders of China,” she began. “Bitcoin mines, forced labor camps where children make smartphones.”
This is not Disney’s first time submitting to the censorship regime of the Chinese Communist Party.
Disney dropped another episode in 2021 over another joke regarding Chinese politics, according to Business Insider.
This episode was entitled “Goo Goo Gai Pan,” and featured several jokes that were deemed offensive to communist China.
One such joke was a plaque at the infamous Tiananmen Square that read, “on this site, in 1989, nothing happened.”
Another joke was a statement made by Homer, who visited the grave of Chairman Mao Zedong and called him “a little angel that killed 50 million people.”
Disney also filmed its live action remake of Mulan, in China’s Xinjiang providence, the same location China is detaining Muslims in reeducation centers.
As even the left-leaning Axios noted, “Disney is no stranger to China’s censorship demands and has a long track record of bowing to them.”
Disney’s not caving to just any communist regime, but rather one of the most lucrative markets for film in the world.
Disney also owns two theme parks in the region. One in China, Shanghai, and the other in Hong Kong.
Disney is not the only entertainment company to bend the knee to China.
The NBA fired one of its star centers for wearing a shoe raising awareness of the Chinese genocide carried out against Muslims.Renowned libertarian journalist, John Stossel, summarized the policy.
“China, it turns out, must not be criticized by an NBA player.”