ne man stole the show at Tokyo’s Shibuya Halloween party this year by dressing up as “Xinnie the Pooh.”
The guy walked down the crowded street in Shibuya dressed in a Winnie the Pooh costume while surrounded by “bodyguards” in sunglasses and suits who cleared the way. Video of him is currently one of the top posts on Reddit with the caption “This guy won Halloween. Period.”
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Shibuya gets out of control on Halloween.
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In 2018, China banned the Christopher Robin film after people said Winnie The Pooh looked like president Xi Jinping and made memes out of it. pic.twitter.com/ed23K2NuvS
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The costume is in reference to Xi Jinping’s apparent likeness to the lovable character from the Hundred-Acre Wood, a comparison that first emerged back in 2013 when Xi took a stroll alongside US President Barack Obama at the Sunnylands Estate in California.
Since then, Xi has been regularly likened to the pudgy cartoon bear in online memes, resulting in Winnie the Pooh’s name and photo beingbanned from Weibofrom time to time. Last August, the live-action Winnie the Pooh movie, Christopher Robin wasdenied a releasein the Middle Kingdom.
The Xi Jinping/Winnie the Pooh costume appears to have been a popular one this Halloween, popping up in New York City as well.
Halloween in NYC – people wear Winnie the Pooh costumes in the parade chanting ‘Free Hong Kong, revolution of our times!’ and holding #StandWithHongKong signs. #China #HongKong #halloween2019 #halloween #HALLOWEENNYC pic.twitter.com/fGv6q4N5wb
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