Libertarian Thursday: Official Apology to China!

The fine libertarians of Southpark do an oopsie:

In a case of life imitating art imitating life, the Chinese government has purged all references to South Park from the country’s highly restricted internet—following an episode of the show that criticized Chinese censorship.

“Band in China,” the second episode of the show’s 23rd season, satirizes China’s heavy-handed crackdowns on free expression. The kids attempt to make a biopic about their new rock band, only to discover that they need to sanitize the plot to appease the Chinese government. Meanwhile, Randy Marsh gets sent to a Chinese prison, where he meets Winnie the Pooh—a reference to China’s odd attempts to clamp down on the beloved bear for its supposedly resemblance Chinese President Xi Jinping. The episode also castigates Disney for making artistic concessions in order to remain in Chinese markets. “You gotta lower your ideals of freedom if you want to suck on the warm teat of China,” one character says.

Unsurprisingly, China has not responded favorably.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/south-park-banned-chinese-internet-critical-episode-1245783

Episode here:

https://southpark.cc.com/full-episodes/s23e02-band-in-china

Fortunately, they know how to grovel.  Hope this gets them back in good graces!

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19 thoughts on “Libertarian Thursday: Official Apology to China!”

  1. Apple joins the Chicom Capitulation Caucus by removing the built-in Republic of China (Taiwan) flag emoji if iOS 13.1.1 or later detects a SIM from Red China or Hong Kong is installed.

    Apple have also banned an app which shows Hong Kong police deployments.  The app had been used by protesters to avoid gatherings of police.

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  2. Meanwhile, John Derbyshire just got back from three weeks in China, his first visit in 18 years (he lived and worked there in the 1970s).  Here are his impressions from the trip.

    In China QR codes are everywhere, and have pretty much taken over from cash. You pay the taxi with a QR code. (Scanned from your smartphone, of course. You don’t have a smartphone? Say WHAT?) You buy a cup of coffee with a QR code. To raise the entry barrier to some secure compound, you lean out of your car window and show your QR code to a security camera.

    The joke we heard was that beggars in China don’t bother asking for cash. They just get a T-shirt printed up with a QR code on it and let you scan. I’m not sure it’s a joke.

    From a libertarian point of view, this is a horrible development. Cash may be grubby and primitive, but it’s anonymous. When every exchange is by QR code, your every tiny transaction ends up recorded for ever on a humongous database somewhere. With modern data-mining techniques, your entire life is open for inspection by the owners of the databases… which in China of course means the ChiCom secret police.

    Shall we of the West trade in our ancient liberties for mere consumer convenience? My guess is, we shall, but I hate the thought.

    and:

    Even outside historical sites and breakfast buffets, Peking is a bilingual city. Every PA system, in the subway for example, addresses you first in Chinese, then in English. Most public signs are in both languages. I don’t know whether phone services ask you to press two for Chinese, never having had occasion to call one that might, but I wouldn’t be surprised.

    You’d think that hearing all that English would acquaint Peking people with the language, but it’s rare to meet anyone with decent English—much rarer than in Moscow, where there is generally a fluent English-speaker within earshot.

    and:

    Chiqian’s not a Party member, so I thought he might be franker, but he’s just honestly not much interested.

    The Social Credit system? “It’s no trouble if you don’t do dumb things like drive drunk.”

    The Great Firewall of China? “There’s an app you can get, fan qiang [‘climb over the wall’]—everybody knows. I can watch YouTube, get Google, no problem.”

    Like everybody else we’ve met here, Chiqian is pretty content with things as they are. True, he’s not a Falun Gong member having his organs harvested, or a Nobel Peace Prize winner serving an eleven-year jail sentence, or a Tibetan or a Uighur doing his religious devotions under stern surveillance by secret-police goons. Most Chinese people aren’t any of those things either, though. Most shrug and get along as best they can.

    I have no illusions about the ChiComs. I know their methods and their history. I’m a good old Anglo-Saxon constitutionalist. I want to live in a country under rational government, where big national issues are debated openly before decisions are made and basic personal liberties are respected.

    China is not a country like that. It’s run by a gangster clique who, like the Mafia, tell the inhabitants of their territory: “Behave yourselves, show us proper respect, don’t make trouble, and we’ll take care of you. Life will be good. But if you try to oppose us, we know where you live.”

    For all that, in this quiet relief from the shrieking lunacy of current politics in the West, there are times I find myself wondering …

    There’s a lot more, including the treat at his hotel’s breakfast buffet, 肠仔包, helpfully translated into English as “intestinal bag”.  Read the whole thing.

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  3. drlorentz:
    The South Park ‘apology’ was priceless. The episode was pretty funny too.

    Why are people so humorless? (Sometimes they don’t even laugh at my jokes.)

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  4. John Walker:
    There’s a lot more, including the treat at his hotel’s breakfast buffet, 肠仔包, helpfully translated into English as “intestinal bag”.

    Derb is always good for insights and anecdotes. He’s a character. No wonder he was defenestrated from Conservative Inc.

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  5. 10 Cents:

    drlorentz:
    The South Park ‘apology’ was priceless. The episode was pretty funny too.

    Why are people so humorless? (Sometimes they don’t even laugh at my jokes.)

    Well that last part’s understandable, right?

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  6. drlorentz:

    10 Cents:

    drlorentz:
    The South Park ‘apology’ was priceless. The episode was pretty funny too.

    Why are people so humorless? (Sometimes they don’t even laugh at my jokes.)

    Well that last part’s understandable, right?

    I am glad you agree and understand. I have to admit I laugh at all your stuff. 😉

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  7. John Walker:

    Jojo:
    “Intestinal bag” hahahahahaha

    Changzai bao: “intestinal bag”

    I think it’s “pigs in a blanket”.
    肠仔包

    From similar characters in Japanese, the third character is “wrap”; the second is “child”; and the first is “intestine”. I don’t understand how the first two characters become “sausage” but it does mean that so “wrapped sausage” would have been a better translation.

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  8. Distinguished climate scientist Bloomberg notes that it’s OK that China is burning so much coal because “they are now moving plants away from the cities”.  Fortunately, the atmosphere does not mix city air and rural air.  He goes on to say “No government survives without the will of the majority of its people.”  Hmmm…I think there have been a few counterexamples to that.

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  9. John Walker:
    Distinguished climate scientist Bloomberg notes that it’s OK that China is burning so much coal because “they are now moving plants away from the cities”.  Fortunately, the atmosphere does not mix city air and rural air.  He goes on to say “No government survives without the will of the majority of its people.”  Hmmm…I think there have been a few counterexamples to that.

    Herr Doktor Professor Bloomberg is an expert in political ‘science’ and climatology. Which should you believe, Bloomberg or your lying eyes?

    What’s amazing is that some PBS bunny is actually arguing with him. The world is turned on its head! Clown world indeed.

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