Winnie the Pooh just got blacklisted by China

Lunes, 17 Jul, 2017

Images of Winnie the Pooh have been censored in China because people were comparing the iconic children's character the character to President Xi Jinping.

According to Straits Times, posts with the image and Chinese characters of the cartoon characters are still available on Weibo on Monday, July 17.

Therefore, all such memes on social networking site Sina Weibo and instant messaging app WeChat were deleted.

Comparisons between Xi and Winnie the Pooh first appeared in 2013 during Xi's visit to the then US President Barack Obama.

It is thought that the images are being censored now because the congress of the Communist Party is due to take place soon, where Jinping will need to confirm his position.

No official comments have been made regarding the matter.

"Historically, two things have been not allowed: political organizing and political action. But this year a third has been added to the list: talking about the president", Qiao Mu, assistant professor of media at Beijing Foreign Studies University, said.

In 2014, the comparison extended to Xi's meeting with Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe, who was pictured as sad donkey Eeyore alongside Winnie the Pooh.

The image was from September that year that showed Xi inspecting his troops with his head sticking out of the roof of a car.

Honey-loving resident of the Hundred Acre Wood, Winnie the Pooh, has apparently run afoul of Chinese censors yet again. Chinese social media is rich with euphemisms and jokes used to evade the censors.

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