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Hong Kong. Winnie the Pooh horror shows cancelled. The bear in the memes was compared with the leader of the country

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Screenings of the horror movie “Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey” scheduled for April 23 have been canceled in Hong Kong and Macau. The distributor of the production did not provide a justification for such a decision. However, as Reuters notes, the bear has already been censored in the past due to memes comparing it with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

“It is with great regret that we inform you that the screenings of Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey scheduled for March 23 in Hong Kong and Macau on March 23 have been cancelled. We sincerely apologize for the disappointment and inconvenience,” the distributor’s social media release said on Monday. After entering the website that is supposed to allow Internet users to book tickets for the screening, a message about “temporarily unable to sell tickets online” is displayed.

Hong Kong Films, Newspapers and Articles Administration Office (OFNAA) in Hong Kong told Reuters that the applicant had obtained the appropriate certification to organize horror screenings. “Hong Kong cinemas’ determinations regarding the screening of individual films with approval certificates in their premises are the commercial decisions of those cinemas, and OFNAA does not comment on such arrangements,” it added at the same time.

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‘Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey’ screening canceled in Hong Kong and Macau

“Guardian” notes that the main character of the series AA Milne has already been the focus of Chinese censors in the past, due to memes in which he is compared with the leader China Xi Jinping. The Reuters agency writes that the alleged similarity between the politician and Winnie the Pooh was first noticed by Internet users in 2013, when Xi Jinping was photographed in the company of Barack Obama, and social media was filled with pictures comparing them to Pooh and Tigger. The image of the fairy bear was later also used to signal dissent during protests.

As the “Guardian” additionally notes, there is a law in Hong Kong that prohibits films that “advocate, support, glorify, encourage or incite activities that may threaten national security”, due to which some productions are not shown in this Chinese administrative region.

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The Guardian, Reuters, PAP

Main photo source: Instagram/@vii_pillars_ent_hk

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