Winnie The Pooh BANNED In China!!!

Friends, it is with deep sadness that I must tell you our favourite ‘bear of very little brain’, Winnie the Pooh, is now persona non grata in the country of China.  What did he do, you ask?  Did he eat too much honey, leaving none for the 1.4 billion citizens of China?  Did he cause an earthquake with his rumbly tumbly antics?  Pooh loves everybody and it is hard to imagine what he might have done to be banned from the entire country.

Turns out his crime was to mock Chinese President Xi Jinping.  Now I am certain that Pooh never intended to hurt Xi’s tender feelings nor to bruise his fragile ego, but Xi is a sensitive man, a man who does not take perceived criticism lightly.  And now, not only Pooh, but his friends have also been expelled from the country and his presence removed from the internet.

It all started back in 2013, when Barack Obama was president of the U.S. and visited Xi Jinping.  The two were photographed walking down the street, then the next day, Pooh and Tigger decided to emulate that photo …

Pooh-1Xi, it is said, hated the picture, while Obama thought it was great fun! Then the following year, after seeing a picture of Xi shaking hands with the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, Pooh and Eeyore thought it would be great fun to emulate that photo as well, so they posed and piglet snapped the shot …

Pooh-2All in good fun, for we know that our friends in the Hundred Acre Wood have not a single malicious bone in their collective, furry bodies.  But, apparently by this time, Xi is getting a bit annoyed with the whole thing.  Well then one day in 2015, Rabbit saw a picture of Xi standing up through the roof of a parade car, looking rather ridiculous, as it were.  It just so happened that later that day, Pooh drove his toy car over to visit Rabbit, to see if perhaps Rabbit might just have a little smackerel of honey, and Rabbit snapped his picture as he arrived …

Pooh-3This one must have really gotten under Xi’s thin skin, for it became China’s ‘most censored photo’ of the year!  Now, I do not know if Pooh & friends have done anything more to mock President Xi since the 2015 picture, but on Monday morning, attempts to post the Chinese characters for Winnie’s name on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Facebook and Twitter, returned the message “content is illegal”.  Stickers, GIFs and other Pooh-related content was no longer available to the Chinese public.  Poof!  Gone!

No official explanation for the censoring of Winnie the Pooh has been given, but sources say that the government will not tolerate ridicule of the country’s leader, they do not want this beloved children’s character becoming a kind of online euphemism for the Communist Party’s general secretary.

I spoke briefly by phone with Pooh yesterday, who said only, “Oh bother”.

Pooh-sad

Pooh is not alone in being designated ‘persona non grata’ … President Xi has also banned a beetle that was named in his honour …

Pooh-Xi-beetle

28 thoughts on “Winnie The Pooh BANNED In China!!!

  1. Asia in general tends to revere its country leaders (usually dictated). To have a bit of fun is considered treasonous. At least things aren’t quite so controlled in the West. When society takes away the last freedom, (that of laughter), it is indicative of a life of slavery.

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    • I fully agree. The inability to laugh at oneself speaks volumes to that person’s character, I think. That was one thing I loved about Obama … he took all the mockery in good spirits and sometimes even played along.

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    • Now I must admit you sent me scurrying to Google, as I had no idea what an Oompa Loompa is!!! 😀 I am sure if he could, he would … and really, I am surprised that he hasn’t tweeted about fake Oompas and sick Loompas 🙂

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  2. I have to say, I do see the resemblance 😉 But there are worse things than being compared to Pooh Bear! He might not be the smartest of bears, but has a heart of gold … and very often at the end of the story, he is proven right.

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    • 😀 😀 😀 …. No, even I didn’t know that!!!! I shall have to further investigate! Corner the market on honey??? How ever will I make my world-famous honey-wheat bread??? (yes, yes … I know … you’d just as soon I didn’t make it anyway because of the wheat) 🙂

      Hugs back to you, dear Jack! ❤

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    • Exactly!!!! It seems to me that if you put yourself into the limelight, if you choose to be “out there” where the public sees you every day, whether a politician, actor, musician or whatever, you better have a tough shell and a sense of humour, the ability to laugh at yourself. Nobody can please everyone and even the best of the best will sometimes be mocked. Leaders like Xi and Trump need to take their toys and go home …

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  3. Dear Jill,
    Countries have to make a law that leaders without the ability to laugh at themselves, need not apply. these people don’t live in the real world, they live in a bubble with sycophants galore like DDT.
    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Absolutely true! If we cannot laugh at ourselves, then we are doomed to a life of misery! I suspect that if DDT had the power, there are many things mocking him that he would ban. Fortunately, his tiny hands are tied … at least for now.

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    • By the way … THANK YOU for your comment to rawgod … I asked Keith to respond to him last night, for I was at a loss and I was so offended by his comment! Thank you!!! The man needs to be put in his place. If frequently delete his comments as soon as I see them, for they are often quite vulgar and he has even tried to sell drugs on my blog!!! But I left this one, hoping some readers would put him in his place. Thanks again!

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