DJ Zedd 'Permanently Banned' From China For Liking A South Park Tweet
A popular DJ says he's no longer allowed to visit China because of his social media activity.
Russian-German producer Zedd -- real name Anton Zaslavski -- informed his followers that he "got permanently banned from China" after he clicked the favourite button on a tweet from the official 'South Park' account.
The DJ behind behind hits like 'Clarity' tweeted:
The tweet in question is fairly innocuous -- a celebration of the show's 300th episode, and a callout to fans to reply with their favourite 'South Park' storyline.
However, a recent episode of the long-running comedy entitled 'Band In China' criticised President Xi Jinping, poked fun at the fact that Winnie The Pooh has been censored in the country (for his apparent resemblance to the leader), and called out the ways in which Hollywood is re-shaping content to avoid the wrath of Chinese censors.
The controversy arrived at the same time a tweet supporting protestors in Hong Kong written (and quickly deleted) by the Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey sparked a feud between the NBA and China.
'Band in China' was in fact, banned in China after it aired and 'South Park' has now reportedly been scrubbed from the Chinese internet.
The 'South Park' creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone released an 'apology' statement to China, in their typically irreverent fashion.
"Like the NBA, we welcome the Chinese censors into our homes and into our hearts," the statement reads.
"We too love money more than freedom and democracy. Xi doesn't look like Winnie the Pooh at all. Tune into our 300th episode this Wednesday at 10! Long live the great Communist Party of China. May the autumn's sorghum harvest be bountiful. We good now China?"
The 300th episode tweet that DJ Zedd favourited is filled with comments of fans naming 'Band In China' as their favourite episode.
Other tweets on the 'South Park' timeline about the episode have multiple comments from Hong Kong protestors and their supporters, thanking the show for 'standing with Hong Kong' amid the last few months of unrest.
It is unclear how Zedd was made aware of his permanent ban from the country and whether it will be enforced.
Main Image: South Park/Getty.