Why Is China Censoring Winnie The Pool? Bear 'Illegal' On Internet

Winnie the Pooh 'blacklisted' by Chinese internet censors after web comparisons to President Xi Jinping

Winnie the Pooh 'blacklisted' by Chinese internet censors after web comparisons to President Xi Jinping

And in 2015, the most censored photo in China was one of Xi standing up through the sunroof of a car paired with an image of a toy Winnie the Pooh, according to political analysis portal Global Risk Insights.

Social media users first pointed out a comic likeness between Chinese Premier Xi Jinping and Disney's rendering of A.A. Milne's famous character in 2013.

Ahead of the country's Communist party congress this autumn, posts featuring the beloved children's book character were censored on the Chinese social network Sina Weibo. Furthermore, China has emphasized that if the teddy bear is uploaded with his original English name "Winnie the Pooh", it will not be removed. These memes have been around for years and the Chinese government is using censorship in an attempt to stop their spread.

"Historically, two things have been not allowed: political organizing and political action". When users attempted to write the Chinese characters for Winnie the Pooh's name on Weibo, they received a message saying "content is illegal".

"But this year a third has been added to the list: talking about the president".

Winnie the Pooh is arousing the wrath of socialist censors Beijing.

Winnie the Pooh was created in 1924 by A.A. Milne, who was inspired by a Canadian black bear at the London Zoo that was named Winnie after it was found near Winnipeg by its owner, Harry Colebourn. Who was cartooned as Eeyore, the sad donkey and alongside the bear. Funnily enough, the ban is now bringing more attention to the memes as various news publications report on it, reports MarketWatch.

"Poor little Winnie", a social media user wrote Monday.

President Xi bears an unfortunate resemblance to the honey-addicted bear.