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Disney+ Omits ‘The Simpsons’ Tiananmen Episode in Hong Kong

  • Episode sees characters recreate the iconic Tank Man image
  • Comes after new film censorship law limits free speech

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Walt Disney Co.’s video service has omitted an episode of “The Simpsons” in Hong Kong that mentions the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, in what appears to be one of the first cases of a major U.S. streaming giant censoring content in the city.

In the missing episode, “Goo Goo Gai Pan,” the cartoon family visits the Beijing square where a character confronts a line of tanks -- a reference to the famous Tank Man photograph -- and a sign reads “Tien An Men Square: on this site, in 1989, nothing happened.”