Taiwan baseball fan added a bit of insult to injury on Saturday night as he watched his team demolish their opponents from China in the 2019 Asian Baseball Championships.
The fan was sitting a couple of rows up, right behind home plate and could clearly be seen showing off his Winnie the Pooh stuffed animal on the game’s broadcast. He also brought along a sign with the Republic of China flag and the words “No. 1.”
Meanwhile, further up in the bleachers were a whole group of fans who had cutouts of Winnie the Pooh’s head on their hats.
The game was played in the city of Taichung on the western side of Taiwan. Beforehand, the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association had provoked some outrage for banning fans from bringing large ROC flags and other items to the tournament’s games in order to avoid any “unnecessary situations.”
Security at the stadium inspected fans’ bags and removed any banned items, but they evidently didn’t catch everything.
Winnie the Pooh is, of course, something of a persona non grata in China because of his purported likeness to Chinese president Xi Jinping, a comparison that China’s “most powerful leader since Mao” appears to find unflattering.
Taiwan has been known to poke fun at this sore spot with Premier Su Tseng-chang holding a Winnie the Pooh doll during a mock cooking show segment earlier this year.