China's Winnie The Pooh Crackdown Intensifies As Half-Naked Bear Becomes Resistance Icon

First HBO, and now Disney.

China's war with Winnie the Pooh has intensified, as Beijing has reportedly banned the new Disney film "Christopher Robin" as part of their new crackdown on the half-naked bear. Why? Because Pooh has become a resistance icon over Chinese social media due to his resemblance to Chinese President Xi Jinping. 

While the Guardian notes that it's possible the Pooh film was simply blocked due to China only allowing a certain number of foreign films in its theaters annually, the Huffington Post pointed out that Chinese censors have been relentlessly scrubbing Pooh-related material from the web. 

In June, China blocked HBO's website after host John Oliver devoted a considerable amount of time criticizing President Xi Jinping and China's notorious crackdowns on dissent, at a time when Xi is trying to rebrand himself. 

In addition to calling out China over human rights violations and various forms of propaganda, Oliver pointed out that Xi is very sensitive about Winnie the Pooh comparisons. 

The Daily News reported at the time that HBO.com has been blocked for 100% of Chinese internet users following the segment - citing internet monitoring website Greatfire.org

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are we there yet HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Thu, 08/09/2018 - 00:34 Permalink

Winnie the Poo also makes a good mime for mohammed if he had a towel on his head while he took a poo.
Seriously though, Xi should be flattered. Political ridicule and general 'roasting' in the US is far less flattering of our politicians.
In the US, making silly political mimes of politicians starts on their first day in office. The more powerful a politician, the more comedians make jokes of them. For over a hundred years. Politicians in the US that can not take humor of themselves, are considered mentally weak of character.

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