Apple Reportedly Asked TV Showrunners Not to Criticize China

As Apple endures intense scrutiny for its decision to remove an app that seemingly enabled Hong Kong protesters track police movement, another deferential gesture to China appears to have emerged. The expansive original programming slate due out with fall’s Apple TV+ launch is reportedly under the same mandate to keep China happy, as a BuzzFeed investigation claims Apple leadership “gave guidance to the creators of some of those shows to avoid portraying China in a poor light.”

Common as the practice is—South Park recently aired, and doubled-down on an episode criticizing Hollywood productions that bow to Chinese censorship—Apple’s apparent decision to regulate content and practices to preserve a stake in the Chinese market comes amid a wave of similar stories. The NBA has repeatedly sidestepped any criticism or reference to China after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted support for protesters in Hong Kong last week. Video game company Blizzard drew general condemnation for suspending a player who likewise expressed support for Hong Kong.

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SOURCE: Vanity Fair, Kevin Fitzpatrick