"South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone put their collective genius to work beyond their famous show on Monday, brilliantly trolling the Chinese government while simultaneously taking a hit at the NBA.
What are the details?
Virtually all evidence of the latest episode of "South Park" — titled "Band in China" — has been scrubbed from the airways and interwebs in China. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the move was made by Chinese authorities because the episode poked fun at "the way Hollywood tends to shape its content to avoid offending Chinese government censors in any way whatsoever."
China's censorship of "South Park" comes as the NBA has been embroiled in controversy after Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey dared to tweet out last week, "Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong."
Morey's tweet caused an uproar from all sides. He deleted the tweet and issued an apology, while the NBA distanced itself from his statement, and issued one of their own, saying:
We recognize that the views expressed by Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey have deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China, which is regrettable. While Daryl has made it clear that his tweet does not represent the Rockets or the NBA, the values of the league support individuals' educating themselves and sharing their views on matters important to them.
We have great respect for the history and culture of China and hope that sports and the NBA can be used as a unifying force to bridge cultural divides and bring people together.
"South Park"'s founders made fun of both the Chinese government and the NBA in their response. Stone and Parker issued a mocking statement on Monday, titled, "OFFICIAL APOLOGY TO CHINA FROM TREY PARKER AND MATT STONE," saying:
"Like the NBA, we welcome the Chinese censors into our homes and into our hearts. We too love money more than freedom and democracy. Xi doesn't look like Winnie the Pooh at all. Tune into our 300th episode this Wednesday at 10! Long live the great Communist Party of China. May the autumn's sorghum harvest be bountiful. We good now China?"