But he has a red shirt! He’s part of the Communist Party!
Chinese censorship is always a fun topic. The government of China is very sensitive to any form of media that they can’t control or find in bad taste. What counts as “bad taste” can vary. Readers may remember the time China banned anything remotely entertaining appearing on television, or the time they censored the “erotic” eating of fruit. Well, now we get to add Winnie the Pooh to the blacklist!
Apparently, in China, there is a running joke that President Xi Jinping resembles the children’s book character. The comparisons began in 2013 during a visit with the taller and skinnier President Barack Obama:
Then in 2014 there was a photo of President Xi meeting with the prime minister of Japan, who seemed rather “Eeyore” looking in their photo together:
And last, but not least, is this photo of Xi Jinping poking his head out of the sunroof of his car, which became the “Most censored image of 2015:”
Well, to make a long story short, it would seem that the president isn’t too happy about the running gag.
The Financial Times reports that posts including the Chinese name of Pooh Bear were censored, as well as gifs on social messaging apps. This is the latest in a series of crackdowns on free speech and free internet in China. I’m sure, however, that trying to get people to shut up about something on the internet will work perfectly! Undoubtedly the Chinese population will respect President Xi’s wishes to not be compared to anything remotely cute or likable.