‘South Park’ mocks LeBron James over China comments in new episode
“South Park” has been all-in on the NBA-China controversy in recent weeks, and the long-running Comedy Central animated series set its sights on LeBron James in the new Season 23 episode, “Let Them Eat Goo.”
The Los Angeles Lakers superstar inserted himself into the ongoing drama — and embroiled himself in a controversy of his own — by criticizing Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey for tweeting support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
Earlier this week, James admonished Morey, arguing the Rockets GM was “either misinformed or not really educated on the situation” before issuing the tweet.
James’ comments ignited a firestorm, which spawned demonstrations in Hong Kong where protesters burned his jerseys and caused a cutscene from “NBA 2K20” featuring him to now come across as quite awkward.
In this week’s new “South Park” episode, Eric Cartman takes issue over his elementary school switching up the lunch menu to include healthier options. In his diatribe against the development, Cartman mimics James’ Morey comments while arguing with those who protested for the change, almost word for word.
#SouthPark23 pic.twitter.com/lqZbv6uJsW— South Park (@SouthPark) October 17, 2019
Cartman’s entire LeBron-mocking diatribe went as follows: “Yes, we do all have freedom of speech, but at times, there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you are not thinking about others and you’re only thinking about yourself. They’re trying to change people’s lunch. They don’t realize it harms people financially, physically, emotionally and spiritually.”
And James’ original comments that inspired Cartman’s impassioned soliloquy:
Lakers’ LeBron James on NBA’s China controversy: “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.” pic.twitter.com/KKrMNU0dKR— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) October 15, 2019
“South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker — who have never been bashful about lampooning the world of sports — were not finished with James in the episode, either. Another scene featured Cartman celebrating “Taco Tuesday,” which presumably was a slight at James’ attempt to trademark the term earlier this year.
#SouthPark23 #TacoTuesday pic.twitter.com/kAbyIFJASm— South Park (@SouthPark) October 17, 2019
As noted, “South Park” took on China earlier this season, and the episode ultimately resulted in the show getting banned in the country.