I’d like to think that if I was ever compared to a beloved literary character in a meme that I would have a sense of humor about it. I suppose not everyone has a sense of humor.
The President of China, Xi Jinping, has been equated to Winnie the Pooh during the past six years. While the rest of the world loves the bear, apparently Xi doesn’t share the same attitude. According to Chinese government authorities, the comparisons of Xi to Winnie the Pooh are part of a bid to weaken Xi’s leadership. The fact that the Chinese government believe that Winnie the Pooh is a subversive element is ridiculous.
However, the story doesn’t end there. Due to the increasing amount of meme comparisons between the two, China has taken the extraordinary step to not only ban the most recent Winnie the Pooh movie from release, but to scrub social media if any mention of the loveable bear.
China has been embarking on massive censorship campaigns in the recent months and this example only adds to the list. This is what the future of the United States could look like if we were to ever lose the protections enumerated in the First Amendment. Long live Winnie the Pooh!