Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey sparked an uproar with the NBA and its partners in China when he voiced his support for free speech and democratic efforts in Hong Kong.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver has since tried to juggle the geopolitical dilemma that comes with simultaneously appeasing to the league’s financial interests in China and the pro-democratic ideals of Morey’s tweet. The whole saga — and league’s response — has been a mess.
Again, it hasn’t gone well. So, leave it to South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone to show the NBA how it should properly respond to an angry Chinese regime.
It went something like this:
And it’s important to note that South Park isn’t just mocking the NBA and China for the sake of retweets.
South Park‘s second episode of its 23rd season satirized China’s extreme censorship and restricted internet. The episode, “Band in China,” ironically got the show banned in China and virtually erased from China’s internet.
While Parker and Stone probably could have benefited financially by creating a show that didn’t upset Chinese President Xi Jinping, that’s never been how South Park operates.
The show would rather support free speech and continue with its brand of comedy — regardless of whom it upsets.