Disney pulled an episode of The Simpsons that references Chinese “forced labour camps” from its Hong Kong subscription streaming service to comply with the city’s national security law, the Post has learned.
The episode, from its latest season and titled “One Angry Lisa”, features a scene in which Marge Simpson takes a virtual spin class, and as images of China’s Great Wall are shown, the instructor says: “Behold the wonders of China. Bitcoin mines, forced labour camps where children make smartphones.”
A source familiar with the matter told the Post the episode had never been aired on Disney+ in Hong Kong to comply with the city’s national security law, which Beijing imposed in 2020 to ban acts of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces.
In 2021, when streaming platform Disney+ was launched in the city, episode 12 of the 16th season was also not available to subscribers.
That episode, which was first broadcast in 2005, featured a scene where the Simpsons family visited Tiananmen Square in Beijing, where a plaque read: “On this site, in 1989, nothing happened.”
It also carried a scene that bore a resemblance to the “Tank Man” photograph, featuring an unidentified protester standing in front of a column of tanks that became the defining image of the crackdown.