South Park took aim at basketball star, LeBron James, in the latest episode that aired last night. James found himself in the spotlight after he commented on China and the negative impact of free speech earlier this week. “We all talk about this freedom of speech. Yes, we all do have freedom of speech. But at times there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you’re not thinking about others” he said.
The basketballer has been widely criticised by fans, human rights groups and politicians because his comments were seen to be prioritising money over human rights. There are even scenes of protestors in Hong Kong setting James’ jersey on fire and stomping on it.
The adult comedy is not afraid to take on celebrities or even the Chinese government, as was clear in an ‘apology’ tweet to China over an earlier episode where one character said “F*** the Chinese government”.
The episode, ‘Let Them Eat Goo’, used James’ words via the mouthpiece of the vocal and often controversial character of Eric Cartman. The school is divided over the lack of vegan lunch options and Cartman uses the comment word for word in a speech to silence the protestors who threaten his junk food-heavy diet.