According to new reports out of the Far East, images of everybody’s favorite willy, nilly, silly old bear has been BANNED in China.
The reports go on to say that the reason behind his banning is because, get this, he bears (no pun intended) too similar of a resemblance to Chinese President Xi Jinping!
Oh, bother, indeed!
Speculation for the cause of the sudden banning varies, but reports find that it may have all started with some unflattering memes on the internet way back in 2013.
Back in 2013 on the social media website Weibo, which is the Chinese version of Twitter, citizens uploaded comical portrayals of their President, much to the dismay of those running the communist nation.
While that happens everyday here in the western world, it wasn’t taken as lightly back east.
The most well circulated image being a side-by-side of Jinping walking with then-President Barack Obama mashed up with Pooh and his pal Tigger going on a leisurely stroll.
A bit mean? Sure. But the comparison works, leading to the image being shared thousands of times.
And it didn’t stop there. More hilarious (in my opinion) memes contrasting the President with the yellow mischief-maker started to show up.
One of the most well-known images, a mash-up of Jinping and Pooh standing in their respective real and toy cars became the most censored image of 2015, according to political consulting agency Global Risk Insights.
So, long story short, one of the world’s most beloved and innocent cartoon characters Winnie the Pooh is now banned in China.
Thankfully with a population of only a measly 1.37 billion people (and growing by the minute), it won’t be a huge loss for Pooh, Eeyore, Christopher Robin, and the gang.