Adam Silver: NBA to Protect 'Employees' Freedom of Speech'

South Park

South Park

The Hong Kong protests were sparked by opposition to a bill allowing extradition to mainland China, but have evolved into broader calls for democracy.

South Park's producers have issued a sarcastic apology to China following reports that the show has been censored for comparing President Xi Jinping to Winnie the Pooh and ridiculing the country.

"Tweeting something offensive to the Chinese people before a series of National Basketball Association promotional activities in China only shows a lack of intellect, respect, and responsibility", it said.

Silver was more blunt during his news conference: "We will protect our employees' freedom of speech".

The NBA initially described the anger over Morey's post as "regrettable", drawing criticism from US politicians, who accused the league of putting its China business ahead of free speech. At one point, Chinese officials appear on set to approve the content in the film. The NBA distanced itself from Morey's position in response to complaints from NBA sponsors in China and Chinese media companies refusing to broadcast Rockets games. Tune into our 300th episode this Wednesday at 10! "You gotta decrease your ideals of freedom while you wanna" produce industry in China, he provides, punctuating the comic yarn with an shameful metaphor.

Spoilers follow, just in case, but the episode apparently follows the show's character Randy, as he tries to expand his marijuana business into China, but gets arrested and winds up in a work camp.

Silver said his office had talked with Yao and suggested the two might meet when he travels on Wednesday to Shanghai. His rejects the censors' claims, boldly proclaiming that he cannot sell his soul to make money in the Chinese film market.

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The NBA's ties to China go back at least 30 years, from when then-Commissioner David Stern opened a fledgling office in Hong Kong with a bare-bones staff and struck a deal to show games to Chinese viewers on a tape-delay basis.

Sam Wachs and his wife held up signs that read "Free Hong Kong" and "Free HK" during the 76ers' game against a Chinese team, the Guangzhou Loong Lions. When the Rockets sold to Tilman Fertitta for a league-record $2.2 billion, a part of that valuation included the team's popularity in Asia. "We good now China?", Parker and Stone added.

On a visit to Tokyo, Silver said he and the league are "apologetic" that so many Chinese officials and fans were upset, but also said he isn't apologizing for Morey's tweet.

The league's response resulted in swift criticism from American politicians on either facet of the aisle. "I know, earth-shattering right?" he wrote.

Morey's tweet, though, was not the only feeling that ran afoul of Chinese censors this weekend.

On Tuesday, the show hide turned into once a long way flung from China's most standard streaming providers and products adore Youku and Bilibili.com. Those who search for said threads are greeted with the following message.

The statement comes after The Hollywood Reporter reported that "South Park" had been banned from China's internet.

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