Sunday, 26 May, 2019

Winnie-the-Pooh BANNED in China over Xi Jinping comparison

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Chinese authorities have denied Disney the chance to release Christopher Robin in the country. Chinese authorities do not provide reasons to Hollywood studios when they reject their movies, the source said.

The joke began in 2013, Vox reports, when a photo of the rotund Xi walking alongside a comparatively lanky Barack Obama was circulated on Chinese social media giant Weibo alongside an image of Winnie and Tigger walking hand in hand.

It typically favours action-heavy blockbusters such as Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther, two of four Disney films that have played in China so far this year.

With one particular image comparing President Xi to Winnie and President Obama to Tigger.

Xi was again compared to the fictional bear in 2014 during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who took on the part of the pessimistic, gloomy donkey, Eeyore.

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Although no official reason has been given for Christopher Robin's banishment from China, which operates a strict quota on foreign film, the ban comes on the heels of "several Pooh crackdowns", says Sky News. As a result, Pooh has been banned on social media in the country and has become a symbol of political resistance with detractors of the Communist party.

Made for an estimated US$75 million (£58 million), director Marc Forster's live-action Winnie-the-Pooh revival stars Ewan McGregor as a grown-up Christopher Robin reunited with the beloved characters of the Hundred Acre Wood.

The Winnie the Pooh character has become a lighthearted way for people across China to mock their president, but it seems the government doesn't see the amusing side.

A second weekend total of 435 million was enough to make sure that the Tom Cruise franchise movie was at the top for a second weekend, the film now has a domestic U.S. total of $124.4 million after 10 days of release.