Brickbat: What a Bunch of Pooh


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Chinese officials have blocked the release of Disney's Christopher Robin in that country. No reason was given for the move. But the movie depicts a grown up Christopher Robin getting a visit from his childhood friend Winnie the Pooh, and Chinese censors have cracked down on references to Winnie ever since critics of President Xi Jinping have mocked his resemblance to the character.

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  1. One way to become Strong Leader is to shut down media that criticizes, mocks, or fails to praise you. That way everyone knows how secure you are.

    1. This is what I was coming in to say. Maybe this is just a massive difference between American culture and Chinese culture, (although, there are lots of places with lese majeste type laws, so it’s probably not a “Chinese” thing per se) but to me, throwing a giant tantrum just because someone compared you with a fictional stuffed animal (that everyone likes!) just makes you look ridiculously weak.

      Like, I don’t read this and think, “My, how impressive! Virile Xi Jinping really knows how to order an army to crack down on dissent!”

      I read this and think, “So, he’s about on the level with a 4 year old who gets called a name and then runs shrieking to the pre-school teacher.”

      If someone were to compare me to Winnie the Pooh, on the other hand, that would be just ridiculous. I’m clearly way more like Eeyore.

      1. Maybe this is just a massive difference between American culture and Chinese culture

        In China the leader censors you. In America the leader ridicules you on Twitter (Trump) or sends his minions out to the media he controls to ridicule you (Obama).

        I think it’s the difference between a 4 year old running to the teacher and a 5 year old who is old enough to make fun of you back.

        1. I don’t think it made them look strong either.

          But you’re right, if we had such laws, I don’t doubt they would have been used.

  2. Somewhere in China.

    You got it?

    Yeah. All of it. There is an Eeyore vid I threw in where he and piglet made friends. Kids will love it.

  3. He should embrace it and run with it, because everyone loves Winnie the Pooh.

  4. “When you are a Bear of Very Little brain, and you Think Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.” ?Winnie-the-Pooh

    1. Silly ol’ bear.

  5. Maybe Disney can edit that character out of the movie.

  6. What a joke of a country. Weak as straw.

    1. You don’t have any straws, do you? DO YOU??? Don’t male the cops beat you over a plastic straw.

      1. Beautiful typo there – – – – – –

  7. So the Chinese are PRETENDING that’s it’s all about the implied insults to their Dear Leader, comparing His Looks to that of a stinkin’ heap of bear pooh…

    But what it REALLY is, is another shot in the trade wars, this time at American movie-makers!!!

    I hear that the Chinese are making a docudrama about the NAZIs under Hitler… And that the actor who plays the part of Hitler, may resemble Der TrumfenFuhrer! What do you want to bet, Der TrumfenFuhrer will ban it in the USA, but this time, the pretenses will be the other way around… Der TrumfenFuhrer will call it “trade war retaliation”!!!!

    1. panties appear to be very tightly bunched in this one.

  8. They WISH their dear leader was Pooh! Do you think Pooh would jail all dissidents? Would Poo harvest prisoners’ organs for Party leaders who need transplants? Would Poo cut off internet access to an entire apartment block if one person googles “Tianamen Square?”

    Winnie should be a role model for officials everywhere, who, before each decision, should ask themselves, “What would Pooh do?” Then it would really be a Libertarian Moment(tm).

  9. Yes, very strange. Perhaps the Chinese have problems with education. May I advise them to , so that they finally stop carrying nonsense.

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