fter taking aim at China in its previous few episodes, the American TV show South Park targeted a new object of ridicule this week in LeBron James.
The episode centers around South Park Elementary School switching over to more healthy cafeteria food, a move that infuriates Eric Cartman. When one of the students in favor of the healthier lunches says that they have the right to free speech, Cartman repeats LeBron’s response to Daryl Morey’s tweet supporting the Hong Kong protests.
“Yes, we do all have freedom of speech, but at times there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you are not thinking about others and only thinking about yourself!” he yells.
“They’re trying to change people’s lunch. They don’t realize that it harms people financially, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.”
— Dwayne West (@3valuedlogic) October 17, 2019
South Park was banned in China two weeks ago over an episode that mocked Chinese censorship and how American companies self-censor to retain access to the Chinese market.
LeBron made a brief appearance in that episode as one of the NBA players on a plane to China with Randy Marsh.
— Ryan Parker (@TheRyanParker) October 15, 2019
Afterward, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone published a mock apology letter, writing that “We too love money more than freedom and democracy.”
In the next episode, a principled Towelie forced Randy Marsh to say: “Fuck the Chinese government.”