19 February 2018
AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook
Geographic areas




  • > Africa
  • > Central Asia
  • > Europe
  • > Middle East
  • > Nord America
  • > North Asia
  • > South Asia
  • > South East Asia
  • > South West Asia
  • > Sud America
  • > East Asia


  • » 07/17/2017, 16.18

    CHINA

    China censors Winnie the Pooh



    The Disney-owned character has become a “sensitive” topic in recent years after a less-than-flattering comparison was made between the portly bear and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Some post the name and picture just to see how quickly they are censored.

    Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) – On Saturday, Wang Xiaochuan, the CEO of China’s search engine Sogou, posted an image of Winnie the Pooh on his Weibo account, generating reactions of surprise and appreciation.  

    Since 2013 the Disney-owned character is a sensitive item for China’s censors because of a dangerous resemblance with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

    Comparisons between Mr Xi and Winnie the Pooh first circulated in 2013 during Mr Xi’s visit with then US president Barack Obama.

    A picture of the taller and thinner Mr Obama walking with Mr Xi was juxtaposed to a picture of Winnie the Pooh and his lanky friend Tigger, and the comparison stuck . . . and censored.

    In 2014, the comparison was extended to Mr Xi’s meeting with Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe, who was pictured as Eeyore, the sad donkey, alongside the bear.  

    Despite the censorship - or perhaps because of it – Winnie has become portlier and more political, a challenge for online censors.

    Had the image not been censored in 2013 and later, it would not have the meaning he has today. Now, for many Internet users, the picture or even the name of Winnie are almost a game. Some just want to see how quickly their posts disappear.

    “I heard that the words of Winnie the Pooh were banned, and so I am writing to check,” wrote one. “What’s happening to Winnie the Pooh? What’s he done?” said another.

    e-mail this to a friend Printable version










    See also



    Editor's choices

    CHINA-VATICAN
    The tears of Chinese bishops. A portrait of Msgr. Zhuang, bishop of Shantou

    Padre Pietro

    A priest of the official Church, recalls the 88 year old bishop that the Vatican wants to replace with an illegitimate bishop, to please the regime. Mons. Zhuang Jianjian became an underground bishop at the behest of the Vatican in 2006. Card. Zen and Msgr. Zhuang, image of the faithful Church, "which provokes an immense sadness and a sense of impotence". The hopes of card. Parolin to console "the past and present sufferings of Chinese Catholics".


    CHINA - VATICAN - HONG KONG
    Card. Zen on the bishops of Shantou and Mindong

    Card. Joseph Zen

    The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong confirms the information published in recent days by AsiaNews and reveals details of his conversation with Pope Francis on these topics: "Do not create another Mindszenty case", the primate of Hungary whom the Vatican forced to leave the country, appointing a successor in Budapest, at the will of the communist government of the time. 


    AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!

    AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.
     

    SUBSCRIBE NOW

    News feed

    Canale RSSRSS channel 









     

    IRAN 2016 Banner

    2003 © All rights reserved - AsiaNews C.F. e P.Iva: 00889190153 - GLACOM®