Hilarious reason new Winnie the Pooh film is banned in China

  • Hilarious reason new Winnie the Pooh film is banned in China

Hilarious reason new Winnie the Pooh film is banned in China

In June, Chinese authorities blocked HBO after "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver highlighted Xi's sensitivity over being compared to Winnie the Pooh.

China's Culture Ministry declined to comment and referred questions to the State Administration of Radio and Television, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, which first reported on China's refusal to distribute the film, a source blamed the Pooh crackdown in China for the move.

And despite being released around the world, fans of Winnie the Pooh living in China will not be able to enjoy watching the film.

Chinese also has a quota of foreign films that are allowed to be released in the country every year, which could also be part of the reason for the ban. A small number of people have even used Pooh as a symbol of resistance.

Although "Christopher Robin" won't be shown to the country of 1.3 billion people, it made a solid debut in the United States last Friday, grossing US$24.6 million (£19 million) in ticket sales. It started when Xi visited the USA in 2013 and an image of him and his former American counterpart Barack Obama walking together spurred comparisons to Winnie, a portly Xi, walking with Tigger, a lanky Obama.

So, the Chinese government is petrified of Winnie the Pooh, a cartoon caricature?

Censors began cracking down on such images after comparison grew and memes went viral.

Taiwan's foreign ministry posted a message on its official Twitter account on Wednesday in response to the news that the movie would not be shown in China. "Make no mistake: All bears are created equal in Taiwan and (the Christopher Robin) movie is screening nationwide".

The film will be released in Germany on August 16.

The ban reportedly will not hurt the "Christopher Robin" film at the box office as the live-action adaptation, which stars Ewan McGregor as the title character, is expected to earn between $20-30 million when it premieres in the U.S.

The government has not completely banned photos of Pooh from the internet, but it has restricted them.