Disney’s Hong Kong service drops ‘Simpsons’ episode with ‘compelled labor’ reference



HONG KONG (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co has minimize an episode from the hit cartoon collection “The Simpsons” that accommodates a reference to “compelled labour camps” in China from its streaming service in Hong Kong, in line with a examine of the service.

The episode “One Indignant Lisa”, which first aired in October on tv, isn’t out there on the U.S. firm’s Disney Plus streaming service in Hong Kong, in line with a examine by Reuters.

The Monetary Instances first reported the absence of the episode.

Reuters was not capable of set up when it was faraway from the Hong Kong service and Disney didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Within the episode, the character Marge Simpson is proven photos of China’s Nice Wall throughout an train class as her teacher says: “Behold the wonders of China. Bitcoin mines, compelled labour camps the place youngsters make smartphones.”

China denies any suggestion that compelled labour happens there.

Rights teams and Western governments have lengthy accused Beijing of abuses towards members of the primarily Muslim Uyghur ethnic minority within the western area of Xinjiang, together with using compelled labour in internment camps.

In 2021, Disney eliminated an episode of “The Simpsons” that made a reference to the 1989 Tiananmen Sq. crackdown when it first launched its Disney Plus service in Hong Kong. 

The previous British colony of Hong Kong has particular freedoms underneath a “one nation, two programs” formulation agreed when it was handed again to China in 1997, however Hong Kong democracy campaigners say Beijing has over time been eroding these freedoms. Beijing and Hong Kong’s authorities deny that.

In 2021, Hong Kong’s legislature handed a movie censorship legislation to “safeguard nationwide safety” however officers mentioned on the time that the legislation didn’t apply to streaming companies. 

    The Hong Kong authorities mentioned the movie censorship legislation was geared toward content material deemed to “endorse, help, glorify, encourage and incite actions which may endanger nationwide safety”.

(Reporting by Josh Ye; Enhancing by Robert Birsel)