CBS’ The Good Wife was banned in China for depicting a scene of torture carried out by the Chinese government. CBS learned that they would make a heck of a lot more money kowtowing the whims of communists by censoring their streaming show, The Good Fight, to avoid incurring a similar fate as The Good Wife.
According to The New York Times, in a piece published on May 7th, 2019, it was revealed that CBS censored an animated segment in the show that was supposed to run during the show featuring topics typically censored by China.
The official statement from a CBS All Access spokeswoman wasn’t very detailed, simply stating…
“We had concerns with some subject matter in the episode’s animated short. This is the creative solution that we agreed upon with the producers.”
However, there were others that were pried for more information about what was contained within the short and why it was censored.
Jonathan Coulton, the songwriter who makes some of the shorts for The Good Fight, told the New York Times what the short consisted of, and the New York Times relayed that information to readers, stating…
“[…] the animated short included a host of references to topics that have been censored on the internet in China. Those include Falun Gong, a spiritual movement that is repressed by the Chinese government; Tiananmen Square, a reference to the violent crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in 1989; Winnie-the-Pooh, to whom China’s president, Xi Jinping, is often compared; and the letter N, used by critics of the recent change to the Chinese Constitution that lets Mr. Xi stay in power indefinitely.”
The irony of it all is that the short was censored in an episode about Chinese censorship.
One of the plot points was about a firm working on a search engine to censor certain kinds of content from appearing in the mainland, at which point the clip was supposed to play. Instead, the following message was put on display for eight seconds…
“CBS HAS CENSORED THIS CONTENT.”
Don’t feel bad or house any pity for The Good Fight, though.
The show is out-and-out agitprop.
A previous episode consisted of a segment with the character breaking the fourth wall and directly addressing the audience, encouraging them to “punch a Nazi” in real life. This was interspersed with real footage of Richard Spencer getting punched, and the character in the show saying how violence against Nazis is good.
That kind of dangerous rhetoric was quickly criticized by a lot of people who recognized that the show was encouraging political violence using real-life events.
Funnily enough, it appears as if they don’t mind targeting groups and being edgy just until it comes to criticizing the Chinese government.