Republican lawmakers are accusing Disney of bending to the Chinese Communist Party after the company apparently pulled an episode of “The Simpsons” – which was critical of China’s government – off its streaming service in Hong Kong.
Last month, Disney+ customers in Hong Kong discovered that the “Goo Goo Gai Pan” episode from 16th season of “The Simpsons” was not available for viewing on the platform, just weeks after the streaming service was launched in the Chinese territory.
In the missing episode, the Simpson family visits Tiananmen Square in Beijing, where they discover a plaque that reads: “On this site, in 1989, nothing happened.” The site is where the Communist-led Chinese government massacred an unknown number of pro-freedom protestors on June 4, 1989.
The episode also references the iconic “Tank Man” photo taken on the day of the massacre, which shows an unidentified protestor standing alone before a line of Chinese tanks during the government’s crackdown.
It is unclear whether Disney was pressured to pull the episode, but the action comes after Hong Kong‘s legislature passed a law banning the screening and distribution of films that “endorse, support, glorify, encourage and incite activities that might endanger national security.” The company did not respond to FOX Business’ multiple requests for comment.
In a letter sent Friday, South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan confronted Disney CEO Bob Chapek over the apparent decision to pull the episode from Hong Kong.
“The fact that Disney would delete a satirical cartoon episode that has the potential to expose the evils of the Chinese Communist Party is disgusting and worthy of condemnation,” the congressman wrote. “I am very disturbed by Disney’s weak-kneed response in seemingly cowing down to China’s narrative.”
Duncan went on to call on Disney to restore the “Goo Goo Gai Pan” episode for viewership in Hong Kong.
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