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Twitter trolls President Xi Jinping after China blocks Winnie the Pooh movie

10 August 2018, 02:56 | Myron Mathis

SUPPLIED Winnie the Poo is not welcome in China

Winnie the Poo is not welcome in China

Although "Christopher Robin" won't be shown to the country of 1.3 billion people, it made a solid debut in the United States last Friday, grossing US$24.6 million (£19 million) in ticket sales.

It is unclear why the Chinese government denied the request and Chinese authorities do not provide reasons to Hollywood studios when they disallow screening of their movies, the source said.

Starting in 2013, memes comparing Winnie the Pooh's appearance to that of Chinese President Xi Jinping began to circulate on China's internet.

Most of "Christopher Robin", a new Winnie-the-Pooh movie starring Ewan McGregor, is the story of a midlife crisis.

China does limit the number of foreign films released there, however.


Other memes of Xi Jinping as Pooh have also appeared online - and one of the leader on a motorcade alongside an image of a Winnie the Pooh in a toy auto was deemed China's most censored photo by political analysis company Global Risk Insights.

Xi was again compared to the fictional bear in 2014 during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who took on the part of the pessimistic, gloomy donkey, Eeyore. Thus, the honey-loving bear immediately became the symbol of the Chinese resistance against the ruling Communist Party, and this has prompted Chinese authorities to heavily censor the character, blocking images, GIFs and mentions of the bear across social media.

In 2015, an image showing Xi in a parade vehicle and, next to it, an image of Pooh sitting in a toy auto became the most censored image of the year, according to Global Risk Insights. As the Guardian reported, the country allows only 34 foreign films to play in Chinese cinemas each year.

The only other Disney film this year to receive a no-go from China was sci-fi film "A Wrinkle in Time".



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