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Disney are scared of taking the Mickey out of China

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The number 4 is considered an unlucky number for Chinese people because it sounds very much like the word ‘death’. The number 12, however, has no such connotation. So many Chinese viewers of Disney’s new streaming service might be confused as to why in the 16th season of The Simpsons, episode 12 has simply disappeared without any explanation.

This has nothing to do with Disney being sensitive to Chinese culture. No, the reason is quite simple: episode 12 is where the Simpsons travel to Beijing for Marge’s sister Selma to adopt a Chinese baby and in which they mention the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Actually, it’s the episode in which they don’t mention the Tiananmen Square massacre. Following the strict Chinese Communist Party government’s policy, which prohibits any mention of the massacre in which the army opened fire on unarmed students and other pro-democracy protesters, the makers of The Simpson lampoon the Chinese authorities by displaying a plaque in the square that reads: “On this site, in 1989, nothing happened.”

It gets worse. While in Tiananmen Square, the family visits the embalmed body of Mao Zedong, who Homer Simpson calls “a........

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