The Mouse That Rolled: Disney Censors The Simpsons in China

We have seen various countries carry out censorship functions for various governments, including social media countries. Now the Simpsons have been “disappeared” in an episode that acknowledged the Tiananmen Square massacre. China blocks any mention of the massacre so Disney willingly became an extension of its massive censorship bureaucracy.

I recently discussed the decision of the W.H.O. to skip the letter “xi” in naming its new COVID-19 variant, which it dubbed the “omicron” variant. While the organization insisted that it was only avoiding “causing offence to any cultural, social, national, regional, professional or ethnic groups,” it was an effort to avoid embarrassment to Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Xi has been accused of covering up the outbreak in Wuhan and also ordering the cover-up of evidence related to the emergence of the virus (including the possible release from a government lab). W.H.O. took the action after global criticism for its fawning treatment of China in the investigation of the virus.

The decision by Disney made a mockery of the words of its founder, Walt Disney: “Our heritage and ideals, our code and standards – the things we live by and teach our children – are preserved or diminished by how freely we exchange ideas and feelings.”

The missing episode in the 16th season was noticed by people in China. The season jumps from episode 11 to 13. Episode 12? It was a 2005 episode where Homer takes his family to China, where they visit Tiananmen Square and come across a placard that reads: “On this site, in 1989, nothing happened.”

Disney may now adopt the same approach and, when you download Episode 12, it will simply say, “In this episode, nothing happened.”


50 thoughts on “The Mouse That Rolled: Disney Censors The Simpsons in China”

  1. If there is conflict in Taiwan, the U.S. should use nuclear weapons from the start to destroy the invasion forces, so that China knows we aren’t playing around.

      1. Since when did 99% of the Chinese people have anything to do with how China is run. China is a totalitarian state, this is what it means.

  2. Asia gets our recycled trash such as plastic containers, bottles, cardboard, cans. I got a phone call last week from person in California. A plastic apple cider bottle washed on his shore. It had my phone number written on it.
    NC to Asia to LA.

  3. Disney imagines that it can lay low, that people will soon forget its craven appeasement — that its paymasters will be pleased, and that no harm will be done.

    Here is the harm that Disney is causing:

    “Earlier this month, another activist, Ma Chun-man, was sentenced to five years and nine months in prison for inciting subversion, after shouting pro-independence slogans at a series of protests.”

    “Mr. Ma was charged purely because of the words he said and displayed on signs in peaceful protests and interviews over the past year.”

    “The security law has helped curb protests in Hong Kong and has silenced much of the outspoken dissent that was once commonplace here.

    “Most leading activists are either in custody or in exile. Others have censored what they say publicly. Dozens of civil society groups, including protest organizers and pro-democracy unions, have shut down because they have become the subjects of national security investigations or fear their work would make them a target.”

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