Winnie-the-Pooh is one of Britain’s most beloved exports, but the cuddly teddy bear is now banned under new Chinese censorship laws.
Following the Communist Party of China’s proposal to remove a clause in the constitution which limits presidencies to two five-year terms, government censors are enacting a series of bans on several phrases, including Winnie-the-Pooh, on Chinese social media.
Memes of Xi Jinping depicted as Winnie-the-pooh first began circulating on Chinese social media after a visit from then-president Barack Obama in 2013 and have since grown in traction.
Banned phrases include:
- I don’t agree
- Calling yourself an emperor
- Incapable ruler
- Constitutional law
- Constitutional amendment
- Election term
- 1984 by George Orwell
- The letter ‘N’ (now unblocked)
The removal of the two-term limit is widely expected to path the way for President Xi Jinping to extend beyond the ending of him term in 2022. As criticism of the decision surfaced on the Chinese web, dissenters were swiftly censored to create the illusion of mass support in the country.