Did China’s Censors Ban Winnie the Pooh ?

Internet users in China have in recent days reported problems posting references to the warmhearted bear of A.A. Milne’s children’s books on social media sites. The apparent reason? Some commenters are using images of Winnie-the-Pooh to suggest that he shows a resemblance to President Xi Jinping.

The Chinese ruler has been likened to the cartoon bear in the past, with critics of Xi mocking him for having similar physical characteristics to Winnie the Pooh.

Communist Party’s censors have scoured the internet and social media for content deemed subversive. The sanitizing has included many images of Winnie the Pooh

The honey-loving bear was first removed from Chinese websites and social media networks in 2013 when the meme first went into circulation following a Chinese visit to the U.S

So what does this mean for “The many adventures of Winnie the Pooh” attraction at Shanghai Disneyland Park? not much, Sensors in China are more interested in those attempting to belittle the Ruler with comparisons of the fun-loving bear rather than then banning the book or attraction.

 

read more from these publications.

  • http://fortune.com/2018/03/01/xi-jinping-winnie-the-pooh-censored/
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/17/world/asia/china-winnie-the-pooh-censored.html
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