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Monday, 17 July 2017 13:43

Winnie the Pooh ‘Scrubbed’ From Social Media in China for the Most Ridiculous Reason

Written by  Complex

Reluctant punk rock icon Winnie the Pooh is at it again. Pooh Bear, perhaps best known for consuming remarkable amounts of "hunny" while promoting an existence unbound by the trappings of modern life, has reportedly been "scrubbed" from Chinese social media.

 

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

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