Just when you think you’ve got a grasp on what makes another nation tick, up comes a throwback to hammer and sickle days. Yes, indeed, China, the global competitor with money and power has zeroed in on Winnie the Pooh — that lovable little furry bear is not to be seen in China. Banned.
It’s not that the cute critter is a threat, it’s more like revenge. A small yellow bear has become the symbol of the resistance to the mighty Chinese rulers. Unbelievably, I heard it started with a joke on late-night television.
The TV host of the unnamed show flippantly said he saw some similarities between Winnie the Pooh and the Chinese leader Xi Jinping. And so the latest Disney film, Christopher Robin, won’t be seen in China, nor will anything on HBO be viewed there. Winnie is out…
Revenge? No, the government issued this rationale: China has TOO MANY movies in their theaters. In my view, this goofy decision comes down to this: Communists don’t want mere mortals to have all that freedom – as in watching a kid’s movie with “subliminal messages,” like Winnie the Pooh for an esteemed leader! -PW