Xi Jingping's Pooh Bear Animus Gets 'Christopher Robin' Banned in China

Xi Jingping's Pooh Bear Animus Gets 'Christopher Robin' Banned in China

One film fan tweeted: "It obviously means that the Chinese government admits the resemblance between President Xi and Winnie-the-Pooh".

In June, Chinese authorities blocked HBO after "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver highlighted Xi's sensitivity over being compared to Winnie the Pooh.

No reason has been given for the film's denial, but according to the Hollywood Reporter, it is because of China's censorship of Winnie the Pooh images that started previous year.

Comparisons began in 2013 when a photo of the President of the People's Republic of China walking with then-U.S. leader President Barack Obama, was posted alongside a picture of Pooh walking next to another beloved Milne's character from Hundred Acre Wood, Tigger.

There is also a popular picture of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shaking Mr Xi's hands, which was juxtaposed with a picture of Pooh shaking paws with Eeyore. As a result, Pooh has been banned on social media in the country and has become a symbol of political resistance with detractors of the Communist party.

Government censors has been erasing the images that mocked Xi on social media.

Disney's A Wrinkle in Time, which debuted around the world in March, has not been released in China.

The first is the country's foreign film quota.

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

Censors barred the release of Christopher Robin, a live action reboot of the tale.

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

This article has been adapted from its original source.