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China Bans Winnie the Pooh on Social Media

Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger were compared to President Xi and President Obama in 2013 Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger were compared to President Xi and President Obama in 2013
Montez Delgado | 17 Julio, 2017, 21:44

The following year, the ironic interludes resumed the joke by publishing a photo of Chinese President and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, compared to an image in which Winnie the Pooh gathered a hoof of Eeyore, the little ass from the same cartoon.

One meme in question compared Chinese President Xi Jinping to Winnie the Pooh, and President Barack Obama to Tigger.

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Over the weekend, users on the Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo found that any mention of the fictional character was being blocked.

Last November, Chinese websites began censoring "Kim Fatty the Third", a nickname widely used to disparage North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, after officials from his country reportedly conveyed their displeasure in a meeting with their Chinese counterparts.

No official explanation was given for the censorship of the bear. A search on Weibo performed by Shanghaiist turned up multiple references made to Winnie the Pooh in recent days, though none having to do with Xi.

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Qiao Mu, assistant professor of media at Beijing Foreign Studies University told the Financial Times that "the Winnie issue is part of a trend". The cartoon has been banned after a online comparisons likened the silly old bear to the country's President Xi Jinping. Messaging app WeChat, which is similar to WhatsApp, has also imposed the rule.

The reason behind this surprising action is the fact that the loveable teddy bear has become a symbol representing Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Jeremy Luedi, an analyst with Global Risk Insights described China's reaction to the memes as "disproportionate and puzzling". However, experts said the ban is likely due to netizens comparing the nation's president with the bear.

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