China bans 'Winnie the Pooh' film over comparisons to President Xi Jinping

Winnie the Poo is not welcome in China

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, a picture showing Xi Jinping riding in a motorcade alongside an image of Winnie the Pooh in a toy vehicle was reportedly labelled as "China's most censored photo' by political analysis company Global Risk Insights".

One image shows Xi Jinping standing next to Barack Obama, with a drawing of Pooh next to Tigger next to it (comparing Jinping to the bear and Obama to the tall, slender tiger).

In 2014, a photographed handshake between Xi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was matched with an image of Pooh gripping the hoof of his gloomy donkey friend Eeyore.

In June, Chinese authorities blocked HBO after Last Week Tonight host John Oliver criticised Xi and mocked his sensitivity when being compared to Winnie the Pooh.

Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) with his longtime friend Winnie the Pooh.

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

China - the world's second-largest film market - also limits the number of foreign-made films allowed into the country at 34 a year.

In 2015, the political analysis portal Global Risk Insights called a picture of Xi standing up through the roof of a parade vehicle paired with an image of a Winnie the Pooh toy auto "China's most censored photo" of the year.

An insider told The Hollywood Reporter that the reason for the ban could have something to do with the foreign film quota in China, which is now at 34 movies per year.

A second weekend total of 435 million was enough to make sure that the Tom Cruise franchise movie was at the top for a second weekend, the film now has a domestic United States total of $124.4 million after 10 days of release.



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