China denies entry to Disney's Winnie the Pooh film

Carla Harmon
August 10, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Stuffed Winnie the Pooh and Eeyore characters are seen at the world premiere of Disney's "Christopher Robin," in Burbank, California, U.S., July 30, 2018.

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

The Winnie-the-Pooh and Xi memes are thought to have started from a 2013 photo of Xi and then-US President Barack Obama, which emerged alongside a picture of Pooh and the tall, slim, fun-loving tiger character Tigger.

Other memes of Xi Jinping as Pooh have also appeared online - and one of the leader on a motorcade alongside an image of a Winnie the Pooh in a toy vehicle was deemed China's most censored photo by political analysis company Global Risk Insights.

The comparison between Xi and the bear continued for years.

The government in Beijing has censored online images of Winnie the Pooh after some opponents likened the bear's appearance to President Xi Jinping and have used Pooh as a symbol of resistance.

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.

Highest new entry of the week is Disneys Christopher Robin which makes its chart debut at 2, the Ewan McGregor movie opens with $25 million.

China does limit the number of foreign films released there, however. Films Mission Impossible: Fallout and Ant-Man and The Wasp made the cut, while The Hollywood Reporter highlights that Disney's A Wrinkle in Time was also denied a release in China earlier this year.

A picture showing Mr Xi in a motorcade alongside Pooh in a toy auto was named "China's most censored photo of 2015" by political analysis firm Global Risk Insights.

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