China denies entry to Disney's Winnie the Pooh film

Christopher Robin meets his childhood friend the silly old Winnie-the-Pooh

Christopher Robin meets his childhood friend the silly old Winnie-the-Pooh

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

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. It typically favors 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.

China's foreign film quota allows a maximum of around 34 foreign films to be imported into the country per year.

Netizens have in the past likened Pooh's appearance - namely his portly stature - to President Xi.

Comparisons between Xi and Pooh first emerged in 2013, after Chinese social media users began circulating a pair of pictures that placed an image of Pooh and his slender tiger friend "Tigger" beside a photograph of Xi walking with then-US president Barack Obama.

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Ever since, the memes have taken a life of their own so much that the Chinese authorities have been banning the images of the Disney character on social media since previous year.

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.

"If they don't let it into China, the joke is going to become huge", said another commenter. "Make no mistake: All bears are created equal in Taiwan and (the Christopher Robin) movie is screening nationwide".

The movie will be released in Malaysian cinemas on 16th August 2018.

As a result, Xi has censored Winnie the Pooh on social media in China and now he is targeting the live action film, which stars Ewan McGregor as Christopher Robin. Instead of restricting the audience age, the country opted to ban the film altogether because of nudity, violence and graphic language.

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