Twitter trolls President Xi Jinping after China blocks Winnie the Pooh movie
Oh bother! Disney's newest Winnie the Pooh movie, Christopher Robin, won't be hitting Chinese cinemas.
The Hollywood Reporter names two reasons the film may have been denied release in China. The first is the country's foreign film quota. The second is because one of the movie's stars, Winnie the Pooh, has apparently become a symbol of the resistance against China's ruling Communist Party.
This all started in 2013, when memes suggesting China's president Xi Jinping looks like Disney's cuddly honey-addict started appearing on the Internet.
Last year the country went one step further and started censoring these types of posts. According to Vox, you now can't share photos of the famous bear or even say his name on social media in China.
Although Disney will lose out by not releasing the film in the second biggest box office market in the world, the movie is getting a lot of extra publicity as Twitter users champion the cause for freedom of speech by doing what tweeps do best: trolling.
This is what people have been saying on social media:
Xi Jinping - a man who calmly takes on domestic opponents, nuclear adversaries, border disputes and trade wars - is irritated the most by Winnie the Pooh. This is definitely my most favourite news story of the month, regardless of what else happens. pic.twitter.com/KNzltMlkT7— Mohamed Zeeshan (@ZeeMohamed_) August 6, 2018
Disney's Christopher Robin won't screen in China because Winnie The Pooh is used to mock Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Plus, they just aren't comfortable with all the excessive nudity.— MAD Magazine (@MADmagazine) August 6, 2018
China has banned the new Winnie the Pooh movie because their president doesn't like being compared to Pooh. It's a good thing the US president doesn't have the same power or we wouldn't be allowed to watch 'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' ever again.#WinnieThePooh #Xi— Robert McGee (@Robert__McGee) August 6, 2018