New Disney Film Banned in China Over Winnie the Pooh Memes

New Disney Film Banned in China Over Winnie the Pooh Memes

The ban is part of the government's reported crackdown on banning Winnie the Pooh from the country's internet due to comparisons of the character to Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The live-action family film, an adaptation of AA Milne's classic story, has been banned by Chinese censors, according to various media reports.

Comparisons between Xi and Pooh first emerged in 2013, after Chinese social media users began circulating a pair of pictures that placed an image of Pooh and his slender tiger friend "Tigger" beside a photograph of Xi walking with then-US president Barack Obama.

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While an official reason has not been given for the film's apparent ban, Winnie-the-Pooh has become a symbol of resistance to the ruling Communist Party in China after bloggers started to compare Chinese President Xi Jinping to the friendly but clumsy, slow-witted and tubby toy bear.

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China's foreign film quota allows a maximum of around 34 foreign films to be imported into the country per year.

And despite being released around the world, fans of Winnie the Pooh living in China will not be able to enjoy watching the film.

The Hollywood Reporter names two reasons the film may have been denied release in China. The government responded by cracking down on images of the paunchy cartoon character. In 2015, the Financial Times reported, a photo of Xi waving at supporters from a parade auto next to an image of Pooh in a toy vehicle was named the most censored image of the year by Global Risk Insights.

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