TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A 2005 episode of “The Simpsons” containing references to the Tiananmen Massacre is missing from the Disney + streaming service in Hong Kong.
In season 16, episode 12 of the famous cartoon, titled “Goo Goo Gai Pan”, the family travels to China because Marge Simpson’s sister, Selma, wants to adopt a baby. At one point, the Simpsons stop in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, where the Chinese Communist Party violently cracked down on pro-democracy protesters in 1989.
In a close-up, a sign can be seen saying: “On this site, in 1989, nothing happened”, ridiculing China’s efforts to hide the truth about what really happened that day. . Later, Selma is shown standing in front of a tank, a nod to the famous “Tank Man” photo of the Tiananmen protests.
The episode also refers to religious oppression in Tibet and the disastrous results of the Cultural Revolution. It is not known if Disney + deleted the episode on its own, was ordered by Chinese authorities to delete it, or if the episode was even initially available in Hong Kong, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.
This incident highlights Beijing’s iron grip on the former British colony and concerns over new censorship laws that ban any broadcast material deemed to violate Beijing’s Hong Kong National Security Act. last year, ABC said.