'South Park' Episode Skewers LeBron James As Backlash Continues Over China Comments
Photo Credit: HONG KONG, CHINA - OCTOBER 15: A basketball fan wearing Miami Heat jersey with a Lebron James mask on licking a 100 Chinese yuan bill on October 15, 2019 in Southorn Playground, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, China. Anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong stretched into its fifth month after the Chinese territory's government invoked emergency powers earlier this month to introduce an anti-mask law. Protesters continue to call for Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam to meet their remaining demands since the controversial extradition bill was withdrawn, which includes an independent inquiry into police brutality, the retraction of the word "riot" to describe the rallies, and genuine universal suffrage as the territory faces a leadership crisis. (Photo by Lampson Yip - Clicks Images/Getty Images)
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'South Park' Episode Skewers LeBron James As Backlash Continues Over China Comments

In the aftermath of his recent China comments, NBA star LeBron James has become the subject of a parody by long-running animated series South Park.

In the episode, character Eric Cartman is protesting his school’s decision to move to plant-based foods in the cafeteria. During his comedic diatribe, Cartman quotes one of James’ tweets on freedom of speech.

“We all talk about freedom of speech,” Cartman says. “Yes, we do have freedom of speech, but at times there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you are not thinking about others and only thinking about yourself.”

The parody was a reference to James’ comments on Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey voicing his support for the protests in Hong Kong.

For those unfamiliar, Morey posted a now-deleted tweet showing support for the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong. In the wake of Morey’s tweet, the Chinese Basketball Association announced its decision to end ties with the Houston Rockets and not broadcast their games.

James later commented on Morey’s tweet in a later interview with reporters.

“I don’t want to get into a feud with Daryl Morey but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand and he spoke,” James said. “So many people could have been harmed not only financially but physically, emotionally, spiritually. So, just be careful what we tweet and what we say and what we do, even though yes we do have freedom of speech but it can be a lot of negative that comes with that, too.”

James’ own comments drew backlash from many on social media who perceived him as siding with China, which led to a later tweet from the NBA superstar.

Watch the South Park parody below:


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