Disney + reportedly censored Simpsons episodes in China
The simpsons is censored in China because of a few random episodes. The 12th entry of Season 16 got the chop due to a nod to Tiananmen Square. Recently the movie Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings also sparked an uproar over a perceived link between a bus driver’s uniform number and the date of the historic event. Much has been made of other movies edited for content over the past year and then change. Studios are still aware of incidents that could cause a stir in territories outside of the United States. (One could even argue that this is also true for the American publicâ¦) But it is all the same striking that a single visual gag can bring about this rapid action. But, that’s just the reality of the situation in China at this point. The government has started to monitor very closely the entertainment that has entered the country since the start of the pandemic. Check out the post in question below:
Last year, The Hollywood Reporter spoke to Bill Oakley about the show’s bizarre ability to predict the future. He didn’t quite agree with that assessment, but acknowledges that the writers had a knack for just hitting weird happenings.
Confirmed this second by a friend in Hong Kong.
S16E12 The Simpsons is withdrawn from Disney + in Hong Kong. pic.twitter.com/9QIp2vcOCD
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âI don’t like it being used for nefarious purposes,â Oakley explained. âThe idea of ââsomeone grabbing it to pass off the coronavirus as an Asian conspiracy is terrible. In terms of trying to blame Asia – I think it’s rude. I think the most antecedent to (Osaka flu) was the Hong Kong flu of 1968. It was just meant to be a quick joke about how the flu got here. “
“It was supposed to be absurd that someone could cough into a box and the virus would survive six to eight weeks in the box,” he continued. “It’s cartoonish. We intentionally made it cartoonish because we wanted it to be silly and not scary, and not to have any of those bad associations, which is why the virus itself was acting like a cartoon character and behaved in extremely unrealistic ways. “
âThere are very few instances where The Simpsons predicted anything,â Oakley said. “It’s mostly a coincidence because the episodes are so old that history repeats itself. Most of these episodes are based on things from the 60’s, 70’s or 80’s that we knew.”
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