>> Pooh?>> Christopher Robins.>> No.>> A charming stuffed bear or a symbol of subversion? Disney's new film, Christopher Robin, has been denied release in China. A source telling Reuters that regulators have given the family film a thumbs down. The news has some people wondering if it has anything to do with the show's lovable main character because, in China, Winnie the Pooh is not so loved by some.
Reuters' Cate Cadell explains.>> It's quite easy for people to draw conclusions that this may be related to censorship because there's been a very kind of directed censorship campaign towards the Winnie the Poo character due to the fact that Netizens like to compare him and he's kind of portly figure to Xi Jinping.
So there's been a handful of very popular memes. For example, comparing Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping walking side by side to Tigger and Winnie the Pooh. There was also a recent one where Xi Jinping was riding in the back of a car at a military parade, and people compared him to Winnie the Pooh riding in a toy car.
>> The news is circulating online with some bloggers complaining that censors were shutting down the conversation. One writing, why did my account get blocked? Don't tell me it's because I sent a message today explaining to someone why Winnie the Pooh won't be screened. China is the world's second largest film market, worth nearly $9 billion, but authorities only allow around 34 foreign films in each year, and don't give reasons for why some films make the cut and others are denied.
However, there does seem to be a pattern.>> There's a fair bit of back and forth about which films get allowed here in the first place, and generally, they're big blockbusters. Avengers films, the big Marvel ones, things like that are allowed into China.>> On the other hand, China blocks films with certain themes, like subversion, homosexuality, and violence.
In March, the award winning gay romance, Call Me By Your Name was yanked from the Beijing International Film Festival. According to the censors, LGBT content is inappropriate.