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Winnie the Pooh just got blacklisted by China

Winnie the Pooh just got blacklisted by China

Winnie The Pooh has been censored online in China after comparisons were made between the cute Disney bear and President Xi Jinping, it has been reported. "An image of Xi riding through the roof of a parade vehicle with a picture of Winnie in a little toy auto super imposed on top was named the "most censored image of 2015" by political consultancy Global Risk Insights".

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

At the same time, gifs featuring Pooh also disappeared from WeChat, a messaging app in China.

Posts bearing the image and the Chinese characters for Winnie the Pooh were still permitted on the Twitter-like Weibo platform on Monday.

But any comment associated with this character was blocked, with an error message that warns Chinese Internet users about "this content is illegal".

In 2014 another photo of Jinping was shared showing him shaking hands with Japanese minister Shinzo Abe and was compared to a picture of the bear shaking hands with Eeyore.

The ban is the latest activity in the online crackdown before this fall's Communist party congress which will result in key political appointments.

Winnie the Pooh is on the outs in China.

A previous ban was similarly issued in 2013, after President Xi's meeting with then-US President Barack Obama was compared to Winnie The Pooh's relationship with Tigger.

And what was described as the "most censored image of 2015" by political consultancy Global Risk Insights showed another comparison, this time featuring Winnie in a toy auto.

"In other contexts, references to the staple Chinese breakfast food "baozi" have been taken down for evoking the president's nickname "Steamed Bun Xi", Mu added".

Honey-loving resident of the Hundred Acre Wood, Winnie the Pooh, has apparently run afoul of Chinese censors yet again.


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