Chinese censors have the new Disney movie Christopher Robin is forbidden, after comparisons between the Chinese president and Winnie the Pooh on social media.
Critics of the Chinese president Xi Jinping compare him often on social media with Winnie the Pooh, because of some physical likeness believe. An official reason for the censorship of the new film was not given, but the regime would not set up with the comparisons.
Internet users had in 2013 for the first time an image of Xi and the American president Barack Obama compared with an image of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, another tekenfilmfiguur.
A year later, Xi again compared to the fictional bear, during a meeting with Japanese prime minister shinzo Abe.
An image of Xi as Winnie-the-Pooh during a military parade in 2015 was the most censored picture of that year, according to Global Risk Insights. The company said at the time that the Chinese government meme, regarded as ‘a serious attempt to the dignity of the presidential office and Xi itself, to undermine’. As memes became more and more popular, started Chinese censors images and mentions of the bear on the social media block.
The website of the American channel HBO was last month blocked in China after the British comedian John Oliver repeatedly jokes about the sensitivity of the Chinese president for the comparisons with Winnie-the-Pooh.
And after all that hoopla this year the new Pooh film banned in China. Incidentally, let China every year only 34 foreign films for screening in cinemas. That Christopher Robin is not in the chosen films, should not be a surprise. The limited number would be another reason for the ban on the new film.
In the Disney movie is Ewan McGregor the adult Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh, the teddy bear from his childhood, re-encountered.