Though an official explanation for the scrubbing hasn't been provided, NBC Newsreported Monday that a popular meme comparing Chinese President Xi Jinping to Pooh has been widely blamed among social media users as the reason for this shockingly anti-Pooh act.
For example, here's a Pooh meme featuring the jovial presence of Tigger:
A bear, however hard he tries, Falls foul of Chinese censors' eyes https://t.co/ToOCHHZT7Ipic.twitter.com/8H9ITqIc1M— Financial Times (@FT) July 16, 2017
And here's one including noted emo aficionado Eeyore:
#WinnieThePooh has been blacklisted in #China for being compared to President Xi Jinping. Commence online searches for #Eeyore. pic.twitter.com/gBkWhyL7Mn— The Liddell Group (@TheLiddellGroup) July 17, 2017
"I think this is ridiculous," a Chinese college student said Monday. "The Chinese government is being overly sensitive." The Winnie the Pooh x Xi Jinping memes first appeared in 2013 following a meeting with President Barack Obama, then grew in popularity following a a photographed handshake with Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe.Read more at Complex