China says no to Winnie the Pooh film over comparisons with president

China says no to Winnie the Pooh film over comparisons with president

China says no to Winnie the Pooh film over comparisons with president

"Christopher Robin" is the second Disney film to be denied a release in China this year, after "A Wrinkle in Time" was blocked. In 2015, a picture showing Xi Jinping riding in a motorcade alongside an image of Winnie the Pooh in a toy auto was reportedly labelled as "China's most censored photo' by political analysis company Global Risk Insights".

In June, the country started censoring mentions of HBO comedian John Oliver and HBO's website after his show, "Last Week Tonight", ran a segment criticising China and Xi, specifically, for the increasingly authoritarian policies of the Chinese Communist Party, which he leads.

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.

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Chinese authorities immediately censored the meme after it became viral on social media.

Global Risks Insights touted the 2015 picture showing President Jinping in a motorcade alongside an image of Pooh as "China's most censored photo".

Chinese also has a quota of foreign films that are allowed to be released in the country every year, which could also be part of the reason for the ban.

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People compared Xi to Winnie the Pooh and Obama to Tigger. Disney will open "Ant-Man and The Wasp" in China on August 24.

No official reason for why the film was denied release has been given by the Chinese Film Board, but it could be because the famous creation of AA Milne, Pooh, has been juxtaposed next to Chinese leader Xi Jinping in viral memes shared across social media.

Disney's live-animated hybrid "Christopher Robin" - which tells the story of Winnie the Pooh's now grown-up and stressed-out friend and how he reunites with his old stuffed friend - debuted in second place at $24.6 million.

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This article has been adapted from its original source.

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