China bans Winnie-the-Pooh

Winnie the Pooh just got blacklisted by China

Winnie the Pooh just got blacklisted by China

The adorable bear is being censored on Chinese social media for comparisons of Communist party leader with the self-described "bear of very little brain".

The FT report said posts with the Chinese name of the portly character were censored on China s Twitter-like platform Sina Weibo.

No official reason has been given, but the Financial Times cited comparisons between Mr Xi and AA Milne's fictional bear that have been widely shared online in recent years. Meanwhile, animated gifs fearing Pooh vanished from messaging app WeChat.

Memes comparing Xi Jinping to Winnie are believed to have first emerged in 2013.

The Communist Party Congress this Autumn will be seen as a test of his grip on power, after he made many enemies in a widespread corruption crackdown.

"Historically, two things have been not allowed: political organising and political action".

Efforts to post Winnie's name in Chinese characters on Weibo resulted in the message "content is illegal", although some users seemed to have succeeded in evading the block.

Earlier, some social media users compared the meeting between Chinese premiere and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was pictured as Eeyore, the sad donkey, alongside Pooh bear.

It all started with a side-by-side image of Xi and former USA president Barack Obama, and Winnie the Pooh and his slender tiger friend "Tigger", which was widely shared online in China.

Another Winnie-Xi side-by-side went viral in 2015, which eventually became the most censored image of that year, according to political consultancy Global Risk Insights. Chinese social media is rich with euphemisms and jokes used to evade the censors.

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