Simpsons Episode Removed in Hong Kong for Referencing China’s Forced Labor Camps
A specific episode of the Simpsons that mentions “forced labor camps” in China has been taken down from Disney+’s streaming services in Hong Kong.
This episode, called “One Angry Lisa,” features Marge taking an interactive tour that showcases the Great Wall of China and its wonders, including “bitcoin mines, forced labor camps where children make smartphones, and romance.”
China’s government has long been accused of operating such camps, particularly with regard to Uyghur workers from the Xinjiang region. This episode is not available on Disney+ in Hong Kong, while all other episodes from the season are still accessible.
Recently, Hong Kong has come under increasing control of the Chinese government and has experienced increased censorship of political expression.
The Hong Kong government passed a film censorship law in 2021 aimed at content that might “endanger national security,” but claimed that the law did not apply to streaming services.
This is at least the second episode of the Simpsons to be made unavailable in Hong Kong. Another episode that was not included when Disney+ launched in the region involved a visit to Tiananmen Square, the site of a 1989 crackdown against pro-democracy protesters.