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New Disney Film Banned in China Over Winnie the Pooh Memes

New Disney Film Banned in China Over Winnie the Pooh Memes

One anonymous source told The Hollywood Reporter that the movie's ban was directly linked to China's crackdown on images of Winnie the Pooh however, another source said the decision likely has to do with the fact that there are now several new Hollywood tentpoles in the Chinese market.

This is because bloggers and activists have been using pictures of Winnie the Pooh and likening them to the country's President Xi Jinping.

A 2014 handshake between Xi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe saw Abe compared to Eeyore the donkey.

The lovable but dimwitted bear has become a symbol of dissent in China with foes of the ruling Communist Party, which is highly sensitive to unfavourable depictions of its leader.

Chinese authorities immediately censored the meme after it became viral on social media.

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Global Risk Insights bosses suggest the censorship of Pooh in China may be taking place because the comparisons with the President are seen by Beijing as "a serious effort to undermine the dignity of the presidential office and Xi himself".

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. Disney will open "Ant-Man and The Wasp" in China on August 24.

As a result, Xi has censored Winnie the Pooh on social media in China and now he is targeting the live action film, which stars Ewan McGregor as Christopher Robin.

Winnie the Pooh, the character created by British author A A Milne as a companion for an eight-year-old Christopher Robin, comes to life in the film to help his now-adult friend regain his imagination.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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