Tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff.
He’s Winnie-the-Pooh. Winnie-the-Pooh.
Willy, nilly, silly, old bear
Can you see this photo right now?
If you can, then you probably don’t live in China!
What could the big bad leaders of China have against cuddly, honey loving bear of the Hundred Acre Woods? I’m glad you asked!
China is now blocking anything to do with the famous stuffed bear in order to stop a joke that started, which compared China President Xi Jinping to Pooh.
Users of the popular messaging app WeChat and on other social media sites discovered this over the weekend after realizing that gif images of Pooh and even his friends were removed. Users of the Twitter-like service Weibo also found that while the Chinese name for Pooh was still searchable, images that used to come up no longer did.
Obviously not every instance of Winnie the Pooh online would have to do with President Xi, but bloggers have been using him to make references to the president.
BBC pointed out some examples from over the last few years. In one, Xi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are compared to Pooh and Eeyore after what the internet saw as a disastrous attempt to shake hands in 2014. In another, President Barack Obama is compared to Tigger walking alongside Pooh.
They have blocked Pooh’s name and every image of him.
— Josh Chin 李肇华 (@joshchin) November 10, 2014
I find it quite interesting to see a leader react so harshly to a harmless joke. It could have been worse. They could have held up his bloody head or threatened to kill him. Oh wait, that’s just how liberal Americans talk about their own leader!
The only difference here is that people in America has a first amendment right to protect their freedom of speech, even if it is so horrible that they should be exiled.
In China, they do not have such luxuries.