Disney + launched in Hong Kong last month, but users may notice that the streamer is missing an episode of The Simpsons‘Season 16. At the time of publication, Disney had not publicly addressed this shortcoming.
In the episode (titled “Goo Goo Gai Pen”), which first aired in 2005, the Simpsons travel to China and pass by Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. It had a plaque that read, “On this site, in 1989, nothing happened.” The site is famous for the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, a student uprising that turned into a massacre when Chinese state troops opened fire on attendees. It is estimated that the death toll ranges from several hundred to several thousand people, although an exact number is unknown.
First, “Goo Goo Gai Pan” also has a gag in which Homer describes former People’s Republic of China president Mao Zedong as “a little angel who killed 50 million people.”
The Tiananmen Square incident has come under intense censorship in mainland China over the years, while Hong Kong – which was a British colony until it was handed back to China in 1997 – has historically been History held public vigils in honor of the victims. However, censorship in Hong Kong has increased significantly since national security law scan went into effect last year.
Last month, the Beijing government passed a law banning films deemed a threat to the country’s national security interests. Based on The Hollywood Reporter, anyone showing an unauthorized film could face a fine of $130,000 and up to three years in prison.
Last year, Disney faces backlash around the live-action release Magnolia Flower rework, do it again. The film’s credits thank government agencies in China’s Xinjiang region, where an estimated one million people – mostly Muslims – are believed to be detained. The film was also criticized after lead actress Liu Yifei was said to have made comments in support of the Hong Kong police, who were accused of violent behavior against pro-democracy protesters. .
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