Abhishek Kumar

Many people around the world were left wondering as to what the honey loving bear ‘Winnie the Pooh’ did to irk the Chinese authorities when they banned the chubby fictional bear from social media platforms this weekend.

Apparently, Pooh is facing the brunt of Chinese authorities’ wrath because he resembles Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Although the authorities have not mentioned any reason for the sudden clampdown, media reports speculate that it’s due to comparisons of President Xi Jinping with the fictional character.

The ban came to light after social media posts mentioning Chinese name of the bear suddenly started returning the message ‘Content is illegal’, over the weekend.

Winnie the Pooh stickers have also been removed from WeChat’s official “sticker gallery”.

The comparison between Xi and Pooh first emerged in 2013, when Barack Obama visited China. A picture of Xi walking with Obama alongside a picture of Pooh walking with his friend Tiger went viral in the social media as the resemblance was too uncanny to ignore.China bans ‘Winnie the Pooh’ for resembling President Xi

Since then, memes comparing Xi with Pooh has surfaced many times in the social media.China bans ‘Winnie the Pooh’ for resembling President XiChina bans ‘Winnie the Pooh’ for resembling President XiHowever, the humour is still not lost on many netizens, as they took to twitter to fire their opinions with a tinge of sarcasm and humour.

Earlier this year, another cartoon character had to face the brunt of social media memes. Peace loving comic book character, Pepe-the-frog was transformed into a hate symbol by white supremacists through social media posts during presidential election in USA.

Frustrated with the misuse of his character, its creator Matt Furie had portrayed Pepe as lying dead in a casket, in a post in May.China bans ‘Winnie the Pooh’ for resembling President Xi