Regarding harmless content, designed to be consumed by everyone on the planet go it’s pretty hard to beat HBO Max recent Friends meeting. « In truth, “ the special professes: “We have certainly made like these six people, and their friends, Unhappy Coffee Shop Manager and Monkey. The fundamental appeal of seeing David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow and Matthew Perry hanging out, seeming to be really enjoying each other, Probably would have been enough to push the meeting to new audience heights, anyway—Variety Remarks that the special almost hit the same numbers as the limited release of Wonder Woman 1984. But HBO Max also blocked a bunch of so llargely harmless celebrity cameos in the proceedings, including appearances from figures like Justin Bieber, mega-popular K-pop group BTS and Lady Gaga, paying homage to the song styles of Ms. Phoebe Buffay with her own cover of “Smelly Cat”.
Unfortunately, one of the most populous countries on the planet has been denied the aural delight of a world superstar singing a song about a sick cat, as TMZ reports that the three guest appearances listed above were cut from the Chinese version of the meeting when it aired on nationwide services. You see, Gaga, Bieber, and BTS have all annoyed the Chinese government in the past – Gaga joking with the Dalai Lama, Bieber while visiting the The Yasukuni Shrine which honors the war dead of Japan (including its many wars against China and its invasions) and BTS through multiple incidents which often highlight the somewhat difficult relationship between South Korea and the nation Asian much larger. And so they were all removed from the Chinese version of the special, increasing, in volume to say the least, the share that was taken by James Corden, largely asking for ineptly questions instead.
The news of the omissions comes as the glut of new streaming services continues to spill over into global markets, often overcome constraints of local governments in the process. (And even then, there’s a reason none of the big streamers have ever tried launching in China.) As noted by Le New York Times, Friends is immensely popular in China, where he is said to have helped many Millennial viewers learn English. the Time also points out that this incident occurs just days after the country has exerted its influence on American entertainment more overtly, opposing F9 star John Cena until he was forced to apologize for saying Taiwan is a country, since China aggressively supports – regardless of the facts or international opinion –that it is a part of itself.