It seems everyone’s favorite pooh-bear is stirring the honey pot in China (and not in a good, yummy way), resulting in the Chinese government blocking all mentions or references to Christopher Robin’s pals on social media. And we have to admit; the reason is pretty darn hilarious.
Chinese internet users have noted problems in writing and posting about the A. A. Milne creation over the past few days. Want to know the reason why? Well, many social media users have used pictures and videos of Winnie the Pooh as a resemblance to the country’s president – Xi Jinping. And he really doesn’t like it.
The president and the government of China have always been pretty hot under the collar when it comes to criticism, shutting down any posts of comments that could show them in a negative light or mock them in any way. Since 2013, the government has been fighting a losing battle against those who compare Mr. Xi and Winnie the Pooh. However, it seems they’ve now come to the end of their tether.
After the news of the censorship had reached the Chinese newspapers on Monday, internet users took to their social media sites to test it out – with many finding that they were unable to post a new status or image, and unable to edit their previous Winnie-the-Pooh-Xi-Jinping posts. However, the censorship has not been universal, with other users being able to post on smaller social media sites.
The comparison between the Pooh Bear and the president have been commonplace in China after Xi Jinping visited President Barack Obama at the White House back in 2013 – with their appearances being likened to Winnie the Pooh and his grrrrrr-eat friend, Tigger. The awkward memes then reappeared in 2014 after an incredibly embarrassing handshake fail between the president and the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe – and we all know how much the internet love a good handshake fail. Since then, the comparison has plagued the government. And now they’ve said enough is enough.
But is it fair to censor Winnie the Pooh just because the president doesn’t like it?