Beloved children’s character Winnie the Pooh has been banned from being used as the public face of a local playground in the small Polish town of Tuszyn.
News.com.au reports that a leaked tape of a town council meeting indicated that council members were unhappy with Pooh being used as a figurehead.
Not for any commercial or copyright reasons though, but rather because of the honey-obsessed characters dress sense, sexual identity and lack of genitalia. One member called Pooh a hermaphrodite, one thinks a half-naked bear is an inappropriate symbol for young children, and one went so far as to suggest Pooh’s creator A.A. Milne castrated his character “with a razor blade”.
Understandably local residents asked about the issue think it’s ridiculous and a waste of time, one man saying “Winnie the Pooh was a bear with low intellect, and unfortunately, this is also evident in those who are concerned with this topic.”
The amusing story follows in the wake of semi-regular media reports out of various countries in which someone slams a children’s show or film for pushing social and political agendas along with toeing a political correctness line.
“Peppa Pig” has been said to have a “weird feminist agenda” and left-wing bias, “Frozen” came under fire for promoting homosexuality and beastiality, and even “Thomas the Tank Engine” has been labelled a sexist work that promotes a conservative political ideology.