News; DJ Zedd Is ‘Permanently Banned’ From China Because He ‘Liked’ A ‘South Park’ Tweet

DJ Zedd Is ‘Permanently Banned’ From China Because He ‘Liked’ A ‘South Park’ Tweet
by Brent Furdyk
It appears that Zedd won’t be visiting China any time soon.

In a tweet issued on Thursday, the Russian-German DJ wrote that he had been “permanently banned” from China.

RELATED: ‘South Park’ Co-Creators ‘Apologize’ After Show Gets Censored By Beijing Due To Latest Episode

The reason? He hit the “like” button on a tweet celebrating the 300th episode of “South Park”, which has been banned in the country due to a scathing episode about Chinese government censorship titled “Band in China”.

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‪I just got permanently banned from China because I liked a @southpark tweet.‬

A post shared by Zedd (@zedd) on Oct 10, 2019 at 12:35pm PDT

CNBC reached out to Zedd’s (real name: Anton Zaslavski) publicist, who confirmed that he wasn’t exaggerating.

“This is true, yes, but we don’t have anymore info to give you at this time,” Adam Guest, senior entertainment publicist at U.K.-based SATELLITE414 agency, told CNBC, although it’s not clear whether the ban is on Zedd entering the country or if it’s his music that’s been banned.

RELATED: ‘South Park’ Episode Banned In China Screened On Hong Kong Street

The “Band in China” episode created controversy in the country by mocking China’s authoritarian censorship of content critical of the government, which ironically led to “South Park” becoming censored on Chinese Internet search engines.

Protesters in Hong Kong responded to the ban by running the controversial episode on a giant screen set up on a busy street.

Tonight in Sham Shui Po, ⁦@SouthPark⁩ episode ‘Band in China’ shown on street to large & appreciative audience. Street cinema’s been yet another important facet of #HK protests, w ‘Winter on Fire’ on Ukraine’s revolution & ‘1987: When the Day Comes’ on Korea’s esp popular. pic.twitter.com/dKzWYXP1xd

— Kong Tsung-gan / 江松澗 (@KongTsungGan) October 8, 2019

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Brent Furdyk | October 12, 2019 at 10:01 am | Tags: Band in China, censorship, China, Music, South Park, Zedd | Categories: Celebs, Music, TV | URL: https://wp.me/p7yNEY-2bYf

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