“Christopher Robin” was denied release in China, allegedly because the comparison between Winnie the Pooh and China’s President Xi Jinping.
Disney’s “Christopher Robin” was denied release in Chinese cinemas in the middle of the government reported repression in the banning of Winnie the Pooh out of the land of the internet by comparisons of the character of the president, Xi Jinping.
The live-action film premiered in theaters worldwide during the weekend, except in China, where the authorities are not a reason why the Disney film was banned. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Winnie the Pooh may be to blame.
The Chinese government is active in the block of images of the honey-loving bear for the years since, the internet users began comparing the fictional character to Xi. Memes started flooding social platforms in 2013, as Xi and the former AMERICAN President, Barack Obama were pictured walking together.
A bear, however hard he tries, Falls foul of the Chinese censors’ eyes https://t.co/ToOCHHZT7I pic.twitter.com/8H9ITqIc1M
— Financial Times (@FT), 16 July 2017
People compared Xi, Winnie the Pooh and Obama to Tigger.
The comparison between the Xi and the bear remained for years. Winnie the Pooh was a symbol of Chinese resistance against the ruling Communist y, which authorities heavily censor of the character, the BBC reported.
In June, Chinese authorities blocked HBO after “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver criticized Xi and mocked his sensitivity when it is being compared with Winnie the Pooh.
Although the reason may seem plausible, a different source told the Hollywood Reporter that the film denied release in China do not have to do with Xi the hatred of Winnie the Pooh.
China has an annual foreign film quota, which this year is set at 34, that limited the number of films to be shown in the country. Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time” was also denied release in China.
Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam