Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

China bans Winnie the Pooh over comparisons to Xi

China bans Winnie the Pooh over comparisons to Xi

It is unclear why the Chinese government denied the request and Chinese authorities do not provide reasons to Hollywood studios when they disallow screening of their movies, the source said.

An insider told The Hollywood Reporter that the reason for the ban could have something to do with the foreign film quota in China, which is now at 34 movies per year.

President Xi Jinping, 65, was photographed with former US President Barack Obama in 2013, sparking comparisons to AA Milne's much-loved bear and his pal Tigger. But in China, the famous honey-hunting bear has become a symbol of resistance.

The comparison once again made rounds in 2014, when an image of Jinping shaking hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was posted on Twitter juxtapositioned to a picture of Pooh and Eeyore.

Government censors has been erasing the images that mocked Xi on social media.

The authorities have been blocking images of the character on social media because of memes comparing Chinese leader Xi Jinping's appearance to Pooh's.

The only other Disney film this year to receive a no-go from China was sci-fi film "A Wrinkle in Time".

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.

In 2015, an image showing Xi in a parade vehicle and, next to it, an image of Pooh sitting in a toy auto became the most censored image of the year, according to Global Risk Insights. Disney will open "Ant-Man and The Wasp" in China on August 24.

Highest new entry of the week is Disneys Christopher Robin which makes its chart debut at 2, the Ewan McGregor movie opens with $25 million.

Censors barred the release of Christopher Robin, a live action reboot of the tale.

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