Thursday, 27 July, 2017

Winnie the Pooh just got blacklisted by China

What happens when you try to reference Winnie the Pooh on Weibo Image caption What happens when you try to reference Winnie the Pooh on Weibo
Laurie Berry | 17 July, 2017, 18:17

A year later, a collage of Mr Xi standing through the roof of a parade vehicle paired with an image of a Winnie the Pooh toy auto was branded "China's most censored photo" of 2015.

Winnie The Pooh has reportedly been blacklisted on social media by the Chinese Government.

It can be recalled that the Chinese president and the cartoon character were compared in a meme in 2013 after social media users circulated the pictures of Pooh and his friend Tigger beside the photo of Xi Jinping walking with former US President Barack Obama.

Currently, attempts to write "Winnie the Pooh" in China's famous social network Weibo end up with a pop-up warning "illegal content".

Stickers and GIFs featuring the bear, the most famous resident of Hundred Acre Wood, have also been removed from WeChat - a messaging app used by 889 million people in the country.

No official reason has been given, but the Financial Times cited comparisons between Mr Xi and AA Milne's fictional bear that have been widely shared online in recent years.

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"Historically, two things have not been allowed: political organising and political action".

He noted that internet users in the mainland have been detained in the past over posts that comments about the president.

"I think the Winnie issue is part of this trend", he added.

Then in 2014, a picture of the Chinese leader shaking hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was compared to a drawing of Pooh and the donkey Eeyore.

Later, a photo of Xi poking through the roof of a parade vehicle next to a picture of Winnie the Pooh in a toy auto, was named the "most censored image of 2015" by political consultancy Global Risk Insights.

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