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  • It's not just the NBA

  • It seems everyone is kowtowing to China.

  • Blizzard.

  • Apple.

  • Even Vans.

  • The only one standing up to China seems to be...

  • South Park?

  • Welcome back to China Uncensored.

  • I'm Chris Chappell.

  • The Chinese Communist Party spent the week being very offended.

  • Their public enemy number 1?

  • The NBA.

  • But don't worry,

  • the Party has a much longer list of public enemies.

  • Starting with public enemy number 2, South Park.

  • On October 2nd,

  • South Park aired an episode called Band in China.

  • It was clearly creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone

  • venting all their frustrations about Hollywood and commercial

  • self-censorship to appease the Chinese Communist Party.

  • Who here thought that they had permission

  • to say anything critical of Chinese politics?

  • Well, it is true, sir.

  • The Chinese seem to exploit their own people with forced labor and

  • Shut the [censored] up, Thor!

  • And obviously,

  • the show that mocked censorship in China,

  • got censored in China this week.

  • So the South Park wrote this:

  • Like the NBA,

  • we welcome the Chinese censors into our homes

  • and into our hearts.

  • We too love money more than freedom and democracy.”

  • Savage.

  • Almost as savage as the NBA and South Park

  • doing more to raise Americans' awareness

  • about China in a week than China Uncensored

  • has managed to do in 7 years.

  • I'm not bitter.

  • But now it's time for China's public enemy Number 3.

  • The video game company behind World of Warcraft

  • and the reason my college roommate failed out of school,

  • Activision Blizzard.

  • The company banned “a professional Hearthstone player in Hong Kong,

  • for a year,

  • while forcing him to forfeit a reported $10,000 in prize money.”

  • So that was at first a confusing statement to me

  • because I didn't know what a Hearthstone is

  • or how much money you could make playing video games professionally.

  • I obviously wasted my life doing some stupid show

  • that educates people about China.

  • And Hearthstone is a free-to-play

  • online digital collectible card game.

  • Which judging from this image from

  • the Free China memes instagram page,

  • looks fun.

  • Think about it.

  • The Hearthstone player was banned for shouting

  • Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times.”

  • And Blizzard bars any players for

  • Engaging in any act that,

  • in Blizzard's sole discretion,

  • brings you into public disrepute,

  • offends a portion or group of the public,

  • or otherwise damages Blizzard image.”

  • Clearly, the player needed to be banned

  • for supporting the people of Hong Kong,

  • because that offended a group of the public

  • namely, China's Communist authorities.

  • On the other hand, Blizzard may also have to ban itself

  • because their move offended all the members of the public

  • who support freedom in Hong Kong.

  • There's talk of a global boycott against Blizzard.

  • And more unity from Democrats and Republicans.

  • Democratic Senator Ron Wyden said Blizzard showed

  • it is willing to humiliate itself

  • to please the Chinese Communist Party.”

  • Republican Senator Marco Rubio said

  • Recognize what's happening here.

  • People who don't live in #China must either self censor

  • or face dismissal & suspensions.

  • China using access to market as leverage

  • to crush free speech globally.”

  • Wow, reminds me of how YouTube

  • demonetizes our Hong Kong episodes

  • because they'renot advertiser friendly.”

  • Okay, so Blizzard might be the most hated video game company

  • in the world right now.

  • Even more than EA.

  • But at least Activision Blizzard

  • successfully got out in front of this and avoided

  • becoming public enemy number one in China, right?

  • Well, unfortunately for Activision Blizzard,

  • karma is...a very nasty lady.

  • Someone suggested on Reddit that it would be a shame

  • if a character from the popular Blizzard game Overwatch

  • became the new symbol of the Hong Kong protests.

  • Yeah, that would be a real shame if that happened.

  • And now on to China's public enemy number 4.

  • Apple.

  • Hong Kong protesters came up with

  • a crowd sourced app called HK Map Live

  • that shows in real time the location of Hong Kong police.

  • It also lets people know where

  • there's case of live fire and tear gas.

  • The Chinese regime demanded that Apple

  • remove what they calltoxic software”—

  • Makes sense.

  • For the Chinese regime,

  • factual information is very toxic.

  • What did Apple do?

  • They removed the app.

  • As well as the app of online media Quartz,

  • which has been reporting a lot on the Hong Kong protests.

  • And..the latest update to the iPhone censored

  • the Taiwan flag emoji in Hong Kong and Macau.

  • Yeah, that'll stop dissent!

  • Not like China's public enemy number 5, though: Vans!

  • No, Vans the shoe company.

  • What, do you think the Chinese Communist Party

  • just goes around getting offended at everything?

  • Every year,

  • Vans holds what they call the Custom Culture competition.

  • People get to submit their own shoes designs

  • and the winner of an online vote gets $25,000

  • and their design manufactured by the brand.

  • Well, this year, this was one of the top designs,

  • with tens of thousands of votes.

  • A Hong Kong protest shoe.

  • I would buy that.

  • Except before the contest was over,

  • Vans announced,

  • in a Chinese and English statement on facebook,

  • That “a small number of artistic submissions have been removed.”

  • Bet you can't guess which!

  • Honestly, it seems like Vans will let China...walk all over them.

  • And once again, in an attempt to appease the China market,

  • Vans ends up risking their entire market from angry fans

  • who want to boycott them.

  • But now on to China' real public enemy

  • the Trump Administration.

  • The Trump Administration has blacklisted 28 Chinese entities

  • over abuses in Xinjiang.

  • Those includes Hikvision and Dahua Technology,

  • two of the world's biggest makers of video surveillance products.

  • Bet they saw saw that coming.

  • A day after the blacklist was announced,

  • the Trump administration put

  • visa restrictions on Chinese officials

  • involved in abuse of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang.

  • The State Department said the visa restrictions

  • will apply to designated Chinese government

  • and Communist Party officials,

  • along with their families.”

  • Yes, the Trump Administration:

  • Defender of China's Muslims.

  • We are in the strangest timeline.

  • Obviously, these new punishments by the Trump Administration

  • caused Chinese officials to realize the error of their ways.

  • The error being they should retaliate by restricting visas

  • for US citizens with anti-China links.

  • A source speaking to Reuters pointed out that Beijing

  • accuses the US and other governments

  • of incitinganti-government protests

  • in both mainland China and Hong Kong.”

  • A 2 million person protest in Hong Kong?

  • Totally the CIA's doing.

  • So with these new visa restrictions,

  • China is taking a hard stance against a problem...

  • they created themselves.

  • And that's it for this week's China news headlines!

  • And now it's time for me to answer a question from one of you

  • a fan who support China Uncensored

  • with a dollar or more per episode,

  • by contributing through the crowdfunding website Patreon.

  • James Wallberg asks,

  • Do the protesters know about the South Park episode

  • denouncing companies following China's lead on the protests?”

  • Yes they do.

  • In fact, they've held neighborhood screenings

  • of the South Park episode.

  • By the way, we just got back to New York

  • from covering the protests in Hong Kong.

  • And running away from police shooting tear gas at us.

  • So we were not exactly up on the new season of South Park.

  • But we heard from you China Uncensored

  • fans that we needed to watch it.

  • So when we had some downtime, we did.

  • Matt, Shelley and I did have a good laugh.

  • Check out the episode if you haven't already.

  • It says so many things we've been saying for years.

  • Only...they got way more attention for it.

  • Thanks for your question, James.

  • And if you have a question for me

  • you want to hear answered on the show,

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  • YouTube is demonetizing us so much

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  • And to everyone, thanks for watching!

  • Once again I'm your host Chris Chappell.

  • See you next time.

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    zijun su posted on 2021/07/22
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