China has permanently banned Zedd for liking a tweet from “South Park,” which recently sparked outrage in the country over a controversial episode.
Zedd, whose real name is Anton Zaslavski, announced the news in a tweet last week.
I just got permanently banned from China because I liked a @SouthPark tweet.
— Zedd (@Zedd) October 10, 2019
“I just got permanently banned from China because I liked a @SouthPark tweet,” the Russian-German electronic artist wrote.
The tweet in question, which appeared relatively harmless, celebrated the Comedy Central show’s 300th episode titled “Shots.”
— South Park (@SouthPark) October 9, 2019
“South Park” is no longer accessible in China after the release of its “Band in China” episode, which mocked how Hollywood productions tailor content for Chinese audiences.
In the Oct. 2 episode, a biopic of Stan Marsh’s band must be altered to pass China’s Great Firewall, while his dad Randy attempts to sell marijuana in the Chinese market.
After being arrested, Randy witnesses the harsh treatment of Chinese prisoners, including Pooh and Piglet — caricatures of Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Chinese people, respectively.
Following the show’s ban, creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone released a sarcastic apology on Twitter, proclaiming, “Long live the Communist Party of China!”
— South Park (@SouthPark) October 7, 2019
The pair also responded to the move in “Shots,” when Randy’s former business partner, Towelie, slams China and anyone doing business with them.
Apparently, the highlight of the episode comes as Randy eventually tells Towelie, “F*** the Chinese government.”
— South Park (@SouthPark) October 10, 2019
It’s unclear if Zedd has actually seen “Shots.”
The 30-year-old artist confirmed the ban in a statement on Instagram, adding that the Chinese government has threatened to pull his promoters’ cultural permits if they do not cancel his upcoming shows.
CNBC verified Zedd’s permanent ban with his publicist on Saturday.
Twitter users commented on the news:
Banned In China, you should be proud of yourself, it’s an honor.
— VOID (@younotyourself) October 11, 2019
Zedd, banned by #CCP means that you are doing the right thing, congratulations! Proud of you.
You did nothing wrong. China can’t control others’ behaviour, esp not in its territory. They are trying to control everything. We have freedom to do what we want. Thank you! pic.twitter.com/EBtt0NMgfH
— Raptor Buzz 😷 (@RaptorBuzz) October 11, 2019
Freedom of “Like” is not even exist in #CCP.
— 啲咋呼≒デジャヴ😷雷の呼吸😷 (@jigi_dejavu) October 11, 2019
— sinnn (@sinnn012) October 10, 2019
Are we now banned from China because we liked your tweet about being banned from China
— Dancing Astronaut (@dancingastro) October 10, 2019
— Rey 2-4 (@DefNotReyy) October 10, 2019
Now that your already in the doghouse. #FreeHongKong
— King flippynips(80%) (@gsandconner) October 10, 2019
— HK Citizen (@imbibemalt) October 10, 2019
Golden rule: when China critised you, it means you are doing the right thing.
— Eunayai😷 (@Eunayai11111) October 11, 2019
— bxggejagqfdak😷 (@yshafbshafeh) October 10, 2019