An episode of the 16th season of “The Simpsons” was censored in Hong Kong, China. In question, a reference to a political event which continues to haunt the country decades later.
What happened to the 12th episode of season 16 of The Simpsons? Available everywhere, in France of course, but also in other parts of Asia, it remains, on the other hand, untraceable in Hong Kong. The only way to access it is to use a private network allowing you to change the IP address.
Entitled Goo Goo Gai Pan – Bene nem in French version – this episode focuses on the character of Selma, who dreams of having a child despite her advanced age. Lisa Simpson then advises him to go to China where it is easier to adopt. On the spot, Selma will face many difficulties, in particular that of being a single woman.
During the plot, the character travels to Tian’anmen Square in the heart of Beijing. It was here that violent demonstrations took place in 1989 against military repression. On June 5 of that same year, a 19-year-old young man, dressed in a white shirt and black pants, stood in front of one of the army tanks. An image that has become a symbol that continues to read history books even today.
This same image is recreated identically in The Simpsons, when Selma finds himself facing a tank at the end of the episode. It is impossible to know, for the moment, if this is a self-censorship on the part of Disney or an order received to remove this part of the 16th season. Disney + has not yet answered questions.
This isn’t the first time the animated series has faced censorship. One of the latest examples dates back to 2017, when Russia deleted an episode in which Homer played a parody of the Pokémon Go game in a church. A sequence that echoed the fate of a young Russian blogger, sentenced to 3.5 years in prison for doing the same thing.