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‘Simpsons’ Episode Pulled from Disney+ Hong Kong for Chinese language Labor Camps Joke

An episode of FOX’s record-breaking animated sitcom The Simpsons has reportedly been faraway from the Disney+ platform in Hong Kong. The Season 34 installment, “One Indignant Lisa,” features a scene the place Marge quips: “Behold the wonders of China: bitcoin mines, compelled labor camps the place youngsters make smartphones.” Mainland China forbids foreign-owned streaming providers from working within the nation.

The Monetary Instances reported the episode’s absence, saying it was unclear precisely when it was taken down, by whom or on whose insistence. The outlet additionally famous that an earlier Simpsons episode, “Goo Goo Gai Ache” (2005), was faraway from Disney+ in Hong Kong in 2021. That episode references the 1989 Tiananmen Sq. bloodbath, dialogue of which is suppressed in Chinese language media.

“One Indignant Lisa” premiered in October 2022, directed by Matthew Nastuk (who has been directing on the present since Season 10) and written by Jessica Conrad, who was nominated for a Writers Guild Award for her work on the animated collection and beforehand gained as a part of the Saturday Evening Reside group, in addition to receiving a number of Emmy nominations.

Within the episode, Marge (voiced by Julie Kavner within the English model) joins an train bike group and turns into infatuated together with her teacher Jesse (Hank Azaria), enraging Homer (Dan Castellaneta). In the meantime, Lisa (Yeardley Smith) is summoned to jury responsibility and discovers how inaccurate the method in courtroom is. Jane Kaczmarek visitor stars as Decide Constance Hurt.

China denies human rights abuses or the existence of compelled labor camps; the U.S. accuses the Xi regime of working such camps as a part of a attainable genocide towards the Uyghur minority ethnic group. Based on a Might 2022 report by the BBC, human rights teams imagine greater than 1 million Uyghurs have been detained in Xinjiang. China asserts the community of amenities are “re-education camps” to fight terrorism.

[Source: The Financial Times via Deadline]



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