“The Simpsons” viewers noticed that episode 12 of season 16 is missing from Disney +, which launched in the city this month.
The episode titled “Goo Goo Gai Pan,” which originally aired in 2005 features the family passing by Tiananmen Square and coming across a plaque that reads: “On this site, in 1989, nothing happened.” The site is known for the infamous massacre that occurred in 1989 when Chinese state troops opened fire on unarmed pro-democracy protestors. China’s campaign to whitewash the event from the national conscience is well-documented.
Disney has allegedly removed one episode of The Simpsons from the Hong Kong edition of Disney+, which described the family’s visit to Beijing and carried this famous scene.
— Alvin Lum (@alvinllum) November 27, 2021
This missing episode adds concern into that mainland-style censorship is becoming the norm in the international business hub, ensnaring global streaming giants and other major tech companies.
Disney executives know how much Xi Jinping hates cartoons, especially Winnie the Pooh.
Republican lawmakers are demanding that Disney’s CEO explain why an episode of “The Simpsons” that includes a joke about the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre was removed from the Hong Kong version of the Disney+ streaming service.
Here’s what Rep. Jeff Duncan has said in a Friday letter about the removal of the episode:
“We are deeply concerned by the apparent decision of Disney to scrub history on behalf of the Communist tyrants in Beijing, even in a satirical environment like ‘The Simpsons, “This deplorable action raises serious questions of yet another American company undermining American principles at the apparent demand of the CCP [Chinese Communist Party].”
The Republicans are eager to know if the Communist Chinese reviewed the Disney content prior to the launch of the streaming service. “If yes, please identify when you provided the CCP the ability to scrub your content to make censorship decisions,” Duncan said.
“Does Disney view itself as a US company that operates globally or a global company that also operates in the US?” Biden’s tax guys will be waiting for that answer.
The congressmen give the corporate execs a way out by inquiring if maybe they were being blackmailed. “Did the CCP at any time hint at a shutdown or slowdown of operations at Shanghai Disneyland during the review of streaming this episode in Hong Kong?” What about Taiwan, will they expect similar treatment?
The group asks “are there any past, current, or future plans as to whether the people of Taiwan will be limited from seeing this episode on your streaming service?” The Republicans aren’t even really sure where Disney stands on the massacre itself.
“Do you publicly acknowledge that the Tiananmen Square Massacre did occur and there was a significant loss of life at the hands of the Chinese Government?” If China isn’t holding somebody hostage, then the company seems to be acting awfully cozy and that will need a much closer look.