Pooh bear falls foul of Chinese censors
Has Winnie the Pooh done something to anger China’s censors?
Some mentions of AA Milne’s lovable but slow-witted bear with a weakness for honey have been blocked on Chinese social networks.
Authorities did not explain the clampdown, but the self-described “bear of very little brain” has been used in past memes comparing him to the Chinese president, Xi Jinping.
Posts bearing the image and the Chinese characters for Winnie the Pooh were still permitted on the Weibo social media platform. But comments referencing “Little Bear Winnie” – Pooh’s Chinese name – turned up errorr messages saying the user could not proceed because “this content iss illegal”.
Comparisonss between Xi and Pooh first st emerged in 2013, 3, after Chinese social media users began circulatculating pictures of Pooh and his slenderr friend Tigger beside a photograph of Xi walkingking with Barack Obama, then the US president.
In 2014, a phohotograph of Xi shaking hands with the Japaneseese prime minister, , Shinzo Abe, wasas matched with an image of Pooh gripping the hoof of his donkey friend Eeyore.
In 2015, the political analysis portal Global Risk Insights said a picture of Xi standing up through the roof of a parade car paired with an image of a Winnie the Pooh toy car was “China’s most censored photo” of the year.
China’s ruling Communist party is highly sensitive to comical depictions of its leader, particularly as Xi attempts to consolidate power ahead of a key party congress later this year.