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China bans Winnie-the-Pooh mentions from social media

Winnie the Pooh 'blacklisted' by Chinese internet censors after web comparisons to President Xi Jinping Winnie the Pooh gets banned from Chinese social media for looking too much like Xi Jinping
Ramiro Mantilla | 17 Julio, 2017, 21:41

On Monday morning, publishing the image of the famously animated bear was still possible on the Weibo social network - the Chinese equivalent of Twitter - along with the words "Weini xiao Xiong" ("Winnie the bear" in Chinese).

No official explanation was offered for the Pooh policy, but observers cited previous viral posts that compared the country's president to the portly bear.

Comparisons between Xi and Disney -owned Winnie the Pooh first circulated in 2013 during the Chinese leader's visit with then U.S. President Barack Obama.

He noted that internet users in the mainland have been detained in the past over posts that comments about the president. All Pooh stickers have also been removed from the site's gallery.

In 2014 social media users poked fun at the Chinese president's awkward handshake with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with an image of Winnie the Pooh shaking hands with Eeyore.

"Historically, two things have been not allowed: political organizing and political action".

"I think the Winnie issue is part of this trend".

What could be more innocent than a talking stuffed bear?

China's ruling Communist Party is highly sensitive to comical depictions of its leader.

"To ban Winnie because someone has compared him to Xi?" one student said.

It was named "most censored image of 2015" by Global Risk Insights, a political consultancy.

It appears that Xi Jinping has failed to see the humor in these comparisons.

The image was from September that year that showed Xi inspecting his troops with his head sticking out of the roof of a car. Chinese social media is rich with euphemisms and jokes used to evade the censors. Apparently China doesn't share America's love of Winnie the Pooh.