“The Big Bang Theory” creator Chuck Lorre used one of his “vanity cards” — brief messages that are shown at the end of his programs — to ridicule China for pulling the show from online streaming site Sohu.com last week, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
As previously reported, “The Big Bang Theory” and three other U.S. TV shows were pulled from Chinese streaming sites, although the government didn’t give a reason for the order.
Lorre had his own (sarcastic) idea of what happened, as he described in the vanity card.
“In all likelihood, a gaggle of communists sat in a darkened room and watched a few episodes. 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. 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,” he wrote.
He added, “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. Regardless, the whole affair makes me very happy. The overlords of 1.3 billion people are afraid of our sitcom. Exactly what we were going for!"
The article notes that screenshots of the vanity card are being widely shared on social media in China, although those posts have been censored.