The Chinese government recently banned an iconic cartoon character after it was revealed that their president looked a lot like him.
In response, President Xi Jinping, who looks like Winnie the Pooh, had the cartoon banned.
“The Chinese name for and images of the plump, cute cartoon character are being blocked on social media sites here because bloggers have been comparing him to China’s president,” the BBC stated
“It is not only that China’s censors will not tolerate ridicule of the country’s leader, they do not want this beloved children’s character becoming a kind of online euphemism for the Communist Party’s general secretary,” the report continued.
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Conservative Tribune reports:
Blocking harmless images may seem like a waste of time and resources, but it’s part of the overall trend of an overgrown government censoring humor and basic communication in China.
“Here the president is Mr Grey. He doesn’t do silly things; he has no quirky elements; he makes no mistakes and that is why he is above the population and unable to be questioned,” BBC News explained.
(That might sound like the mainstream media in the United States when Barack Obama was president, but that was the kind of servitude the liberal media chose for itself, not one forced on it by the government.)
Censorship is so bad in the vast communist country that even mentioning the wrong person’s name can get you flagged. One of those names is Liu Xiaobo, the human rights activist and Nobel Peace prize winner who died last week while still in state custody.
“Sit down next to a friend who also has [messaging app] Wechat on their phone. Now try and send them a text message using the name ‘Liu Xiaobo,’” prompted the BBC.
According to the BBC, any messages sent containing censored material will disappear as they are sent between two chatting individuals.
“On your phone it will appear as if you have sent the message but your friend will not get it,” continued the report.
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