In this new world of instant communication and the urgency of commerce that it has brought with it, the world culture appears to be unforgivably homogenizing just the way that the globalists among us have been wishing for.
The art and intellectual property that ingenious Americans are producing will soon be neutered around the globe to fit the less altruistic and far more insidious leaders of places like Saudi Arabia and North Korea and Russia – none of whom share our same ideals regarding the freedoms of speech and expression.
This has been especially true as it pertains to China, due to the nation’s massive economy, which is currently being throttled and weaponized by Communism in an effort to make the rest of the world begin to conform to Beijing’s totalitarian ideals.
The latest example comes to us from the Disney+ streaming service.
Disney has pulled an episode of “The Simpsons” that includes a line about “forced labor camps” in China from its streaming platform in Hong Kong.
The episode — first shown in October last year and titled “One Angry Lisa” — features a scene in which Marge Simpson takes a virtual exercise bike class with an instructor in front of a virtual background of the Great Wall of China. The instructor says: “Behold the wonders of China. Bitcoin mines, forced labor camps where children make smartphones, and romance.”
China’s use of forced labor and mass internment camps to control the Muslim Uyghur minority in the Xinjiang region culminated in a U.N. assessment that concluded Beijing’s actions may constitute crimes against humanity, although China rejects any claims of human rights violations in Xinjiang.
Disney has a history of such capitulation.
This is the second time the platform has been accused of self-censorship in Hong Kong. In 2021, it reportedly dropped an episode of “The Simpsons” that made reference to Tiananmen Square, the scene of a brutal massacre of pro-democracy protesters in Beijing in 1989.
Disney isn’t the only American entertainment company bowing to Beijing.
The NBA was recently forced to pay lip service to China after a team owner tweeted out his support for the democratic autonomy of Hong Kong, which cause Beijing to threaten a massive boycott of the league overseas.
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