Winnie the Pooh film fails to amuse China censors

Winnie the Pooh film fails to amuse China censors

If you're a fan of the bumbling bear that is Winnie The Pooh, feel sorry for the folks in China.

In response, MOFA posted a tweet on August 7 which claimed that OhBear was "dismayed" by the ban on his cuddly "cousin Winnie" in China.

So why is Winnie The Pooh banned in China?

The new Disney movie featuring Winnie the Pooh reportedly will not be shown in China because people compare the bear's appearance to that of President Xi Jinping (習近平), although the Chinese government has not confirmed that. The tweet, which gained over 400 likes, also poked fun at China's grisly human rights record by emphasizing that Taiwan treats all bears equally (cartoon or otherwise) and proudly boasted that the film "Christopher Robin" is showing in theaters across Taiwan. The most popular meme depicted Xi and former U.S. President Barack Obama as Pooh and his friend Tigger.

In 2017, Beijing started blocking pictures of Winnie the Pooh on social media and in June this year, Chinese authorities blocked HBO after "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver mocked Xi's sensitivity over being compared to Winnie the Pooh.

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Barely four days after Beijing officially banned the new Disney film about Winnie the Pooh, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) tweeted an image of Taiwan's mascot OhBear to poke fun at China's paranoid censorship.

The first collection of stories about Winnie the Pooh was released in 1926.

Unlike the rest of the world, China's moviegoers don't get to reminisce about their childhood with Disney's latest Pooh movie.

The new film, inspired by the A.A. Milne books, stars Ewan McGregor as a middle-aged Christopher Robin, whose mundane life is interrupted when he is unexpectedly reunited with Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and the other talking animals of the Hundred Acre Wood.

Christopher Robin opens in the United Kingdom on 17 August.

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