Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tweaked the NBA on Monday while urging people to watch “South Park” to retaliate against China for its ban on the controversial cartoon and on the Houston Rockets after a comment made by the team’s general manager in support of Hong Kong.
“Annoy a communist,” Cruz posted on Twitter, sharing the Comedy Central show’s statement on its China ban. “Watch South Park. Note to @NBA: this is how it’s done.”
The NBA was slammed Monday after condemning Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey for tweeting “Fight for Freedom. Stand for Hong Kong.”
The Chinese Basketball Association suspended its ties with the Rockets, and the NBA released a statement calling it “regrettable” Morey’s tweet “deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China.”
Meanwhile, South Park has been banned and stripped from the Chinese Internet after an episode that criticized the country’s censorship and detention of Muslim minorities, while taking shots at Hollywood companies such as Disney for going along with China in order to get their movies released there.
In the episode, “Band in China,” four characters, including main character Stan, form a band, but when a Hollywood producer makes a film about them, they are forced to change so the Chinese government will allow the movie to be distributed there.