China's not a fan of "The Big Bang Theory" and now "The Big Bang Theory" is making it known it's definitely not a fan of China. At least when it comes to their strict censorship rules.
After the country banned streaming of the hit CBS series last month, the show's creator had a special message for the Chinese government at the end of their "Star Wars" themed episode. For anyone unfamiliar with the nerd-centric show, each episode ends with a "vanity card" from Chuck Lorre sharing his thoughts and opinions with the audience before the screen cuts to black.
After the May 1 episode aired, Lorre expressed his opinion on the Chinese ban with a scathing and blisteringly sarcastic vanity card.
"The government of China has decided that 'The Big Bang Theory' is not appropriate for viewing. I have to assume there was some sort of formal process involved in this decision," the card began. "In all likelihood, a gaggle of communists sat in a darkened room and watched a few episodes."
Lorre then went on to imagine how government officials finally decided to ban a comedy show catered to geek culture that in no way threatens the values of the country.
"I like to think they took notes that were later used to formulate an official document that detailed the corrosive cultural effects caused by the shenanigans of Sheldon, Leonard, Penny, Wolowitz, Koothrappali, Amy and Bernadette," Lorre wrote. "I like to think that during these screenings one of them laughed out loud and was promptly sent to a re-education camp on the outskirts of Urumqi. I like to think one of them was reassured by how often the characters on the show eat Chinese takeout. I like to think there’s a Chinese word for shenanigans."
But all sarcasm aside, Lorre revealed the ban on his show probably hurt China more than it did "The Big Bang Theory."
"Regardless, the whole affair makes me very happy," the card ended. "The overlords of 1.3 billion people are afraid of our sitcom. Exactly what we were going for!"
Ouch. Looks like your plan might have backfired, China.
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