China Blacklists Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh 'blacklisted' by Chinese internet censors after web comparisons to President Xi Jinping

Winnie the Pooh gets banned from Chinese social media for looking too much like Xi Jinping

Everyone knows about the fictional bear Winnie the Pooh which is also called as an adorable honey loving bear.

Last November, Chinese websites began censoring "Kim Fatty the Third", a nickname widely used to disparage North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, after officials from his country reportedly conveyed their displeasure in a meeting with their Chinese counterparts.

Winnie-the-Pooh is curious, loveable and a good friend, but not according to the ruling party in China. Furthermore, China has emphasized that if the teddy bear is uploaded with his original English name "Winnie the Pooh", it will not be removed.

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

China's ruling Communist Party is highly sensitive to comical depictions of its leader. The censorship originally started back in 2013 when an image of Xi and former President Barack Obama was compared to one of Pooh and Tigger.

Chinese censors apparently have clamped down on Winnie the Pooh, again, since posts comparing the whimsical bear to President Xi Jinping appeared, again. It was "China's most censored photo" of the year, according to The Guardian. As did images of Winnie popping his head out of his car - after the president popped his head similarly through the roof of his limousine during an inspection of troops.

BBC News reporter Stephen McDonell outlined a censorship test Monday for anyone who has "anything to do with China".

Hackers who attacked the site and stole 33m people's details including names, addresses, dates of birth and sexual preferences dumped the cache of stolen data online, exposing millions of users.

This sparked a series of memes drawing comparisons between Jinping and Pooh, which led to similar bans in China.

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