Winnie the Pooh just got blacklisted by China

What happens when you try to reference Winnie the Pooh on Weibo

What happens when you try to reference Winnie the Pooh on Weibo

There has been no official explanation provided by the Chinese government, but the FT cited observers as saying that the banishing of the children's book character has to do with previous mocking comparisons made online between China's rotund President Xi Jinping and the chubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff. Another Pooh-Xi comparison became China's most censored image of 2015 according to political consultancy Global Risk Insights.

It's also claimed that GIFs featuring the Hundred Acre Wood bear have also been removed from WeChat, a messaging service used by 889 million people in the country.

Post bearing the Chinese characters for Winnie to Pooh were stick permitted on the platform this morning, but comments referencing "Little Bear Winnie" resulted in "illegal" content warnings.

In 2014 another photo of Jinping was shared showing him shaking hands with Japanese minister Shinzo Abe and was compared to a picture of the bear shaking hands with Eeyore.

Chinese social media users have been testing the boundaries imposed on the lovable creation of AA Milne.

A "Times" tweet yesterday paired a picture of Winnie the Pooh walking with Tigger alongside a photo of Xi walking with former President Obama.

China's ruling Communist Party is highly sensitive to comical depictions of its leader.

"Poor Little Winnie", one Weibo user wrote.

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

"But this year a third has been added to the list: talking about the president".

The twice-a-decade meeting takes place this autumn and will see elections for China's top politicians.

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