In the 2005 episode “Goo Goo Gai Pan,” the family travels to China to adopt a baby. The Simpsons clan stops in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square where they find a sign that reads: “On this site, in 1989, nothing happened,” a biting joke about the 1989 event where protesters pro -democracy came together for several months.
According to several reports, this 12th episode of season 16 of “The Simpsons” is not available in the Disney + line for customers in Hong Kong.
Ni Disney ( nor did China respond to CNN Business’s request for comment on why the episode is not available. It is not known whether China is blocking the episode in question or whether Disney has chosen not to broadcast the episode there. )
China has regularly censored the media, and companies operating in the country are forced to censor search results for Chinese users – especially images and information about the Tiananmen Square protests and the murders that followed.
The Chinese government worked hard to restrict images and reporting of the 1989 event, seeing it as a threat to the legitimacy of its one-party rule.
Many were killed on June 4, 1989 in Tiananmen Square. Estimates of the death toll range from several hundred to several thousand. The massacre made headlines around the world, as did iconic images such as ‘Tank Man’ challenging troops in the square.
Hong Kong has historically had more artistic freedom than mainland China. In recent years, China has cracked down on content under a 2020 National Security Law that criminalizes acts of secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign forces to endanger national security.