Twitter trolls President Xi Jinping after China blocks Winnie the Pooh movie

Twitter trolls President Xi Jinping after China blocks Winnie the Pooh movie

Walt Disney Co's (DIS.N) request to show "Christopher Robin", a movie that features the honey-loving bear Winnie the Pooh, has been denied by authorities in China, a source familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

The government in Beijing has censored online images of Winnie the Pooh after some opponents likened the bear's appearance to President Xi Jinping and have used Pooh as a symbol of resistance.

"Christopher Robin" is a fantasy film starring Ewan McGregor as the titular role.

The Hollywood Reporter names two reasons the film may have been denied release in China.

China even censored Jon Oliver and HBO after the British talkshow host criticised Xi and mocked his sensitivity to being compared to the bear.

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Other memes of Xi Jinping as Pooh have also appeared online - and one of the leader on a motorcade alongside an image of a Winnie the Pooh in a toy vehicle was deemed China's most censored photo by political analysis company Global Risk Insights.

Comparisons began in 2013 when a photo of the President of the People's Republic of China walking with then-U.S. leader President Barack Obama, was posted alongside a picture of Pooh walking next to another beloved Milne's character from Hundred Acre Wood, Tigger.

Jinping was compared to the fictional character again in 2014 while pictured meeting Japan's Shinzo Abe with the latter taking the form of Eryore.

Another photo in 2015, showed Xi in a motorcade next to an image of a Winnie-the-Pooh in a toy auto, in what was labelled "China's most censored photo" by political analysis company Global Risk Insights, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The movie will be released in Malaysian cinemas on 16th August 2018.

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