Why the New Winnie the Pooh Movie Is Banned in China: New At Reason
A story of censorship in the age of memes
Disney's new Christopher Robin movie has been banned in China. That's because, as far as one can tell through a haze of doubletalk and official obfuscation, it's basically illegal to make Pooh jokes in the Middle Kingdom.
Technically, the film's exclusion falls under the quota China has imposed on foreign films. Only 34 are allowed in theaters each year, which allows the government to retain some amount of formal control over what movies the population sees. But a more likely truth is that the film was singled out because the innocent-looking bear in A. A. Milne's story is actually considered subversive, writes K.L. Wong in her latest piece at Reason.
Published on 20 Aug 2018 at 06:00PM