Chinese Censors blacklist Winnie the Pooh
Apparently, authorities in China have nothing better to do, as they have blacklisted the lovable, adorable but dimwitted bear, Winnie the Pooh. The reason is way more silly than you’d expect.
Authorities in China are not happy with the comparisons between China’s lovable, adorable, but dimwitted President Xi Jinping and Winnie the Pooh (you can already see the similarities).
The comparisons between the two first emerged in 2013 with the following image of Mr. Xi and then-U.S. President Barack Obama.
Qiau Mu, an independent media studies scholar and former professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University said the blocked bear content was unsurprising given the ruling Communist Party’s sensitivity to depictions of it’s leader.
Comments referencing “Little Bear Winnie” — Pooh’s Chinese name — turned up error messages. The website said that Users cannot proceed any further because “this content is illegal”.
No More WeChat Stickers
Winnie the Pooh stickers have also been removed from WeChat’s official “sticker gallery”.
Looks like they weren’t able to block everything since user-generated gifs of the bear are still available on the popular messaging app.