isney’s latest live-action film won’t be getting a China release, likely because one of its stars is a fictional, honey-loving persona non grata in the country.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Christopher Robin has been denied the opportunity to be shown in Chinese theaters. While there has been no official explanation for this decision, an unofficial one is extremely easy to hypothesize.
While Winnie the Pooh is a beloved character around the world, Chinese President Xi Jinping is reportedly not a fan. Back in 2013, images of Xi taking an outdoor stroll with US President Barack Obama at the Sunnylands Estate in California went viral after the pair of world leaders reminded Chinese netizens of another set of BFFs.
In a Last Week Tonight segment in June, host John Oliver brought up this fact, adding: “Clamping down on Winnie the Pooh comparisons, doesn’t exactly project strength. It suggests a weird insecurity [in Xi].”