Chinese crackdown on Winnie the Pooh continues
China’s state censors have a new target in their sights, the beloved children’s character Winnie the Pooh.
The Chinese government has been removing online content referencing Winnie the Pooh since 2013, when social media users began to compare the cartoon bear’s portly build to President Xi Jinping.
The latest casualty is the horror-comedy film “Christopher Robin,” which had its scheduled release in Hong Kong canceled.
The character has also been blocked on social media and removed from the country’s online platforms.
The latest move is not the first time the Chinese government has been criticized for its censorship tactics, with many pointing out that it reflects the country’s sensitivity to criticism and raises concerns about freedom of expression.