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  • Writer's pictureBy The Financial District

Xi Hates "Winnie the Pooh", And HK Kids Can't Watch Film

Public screenings of a slasher film that features Winnie the Pooh were scrapped abruptly in Hong Kong, sparking discussions over increasing censorship in the city, Kanis Leung reported for the Associated Press (AP).

Photo Insert: Film distributor VII Pillars Entertainment announced on Facebook that the release of “Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey” on Thursday had been canceled with “great regret” in Hong Kong and neighboring Macao.



Film distributor VII Pillars Entertainment announced on Facebook that the release of “Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey” on Thursday had been canceled with “great regret” in Hong Kong and neighboring Macao.


It said it was notified by cinemas that they could not show the film as scheduled, but it didn’t know why.



For many residents, the Winnie the Pooh character is a playful taunt of China’s President Xi Jinping, and Chinese censors in the past had briefly banned social media searches for the bear in the country. In 2018, the film “Christopher Robin,” also featuring Winnie the Pooh, was reportedly denied a release in China.





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