China will not be releasing Disney’s new live-action Winnie the Pooh film “Christopher Robin,” according to a new report.
A source told The Hollywood Reporter the movie was blocked due to a crackdown on images of the beloved bear last summer. Chinese authorities reportedly began censoring photos of Winnie the Pooh on social media after people said Chinese leader Xi Jinping resembled the fictional character. Authorities are said to believe the character has become a symbol of resistance in China.
Another insider told the magazine China’s decision not to release the movie could also be due to a “foreign film quota.”
Earlier this summer, China reportedly blocked internet users from going to HBO’s website after John Oliver did a piece on censorship, mocking the leader’s resemblance to Pooh.
“Clamping down on Winnie the Pooh comparisons doesn’t exactly project strength,” Oliver said during his segment in June. “It suggests a weird insecurity.”
“Christopher Robin,” which came out on Friday in the United States, stars Ewan McGregor.
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