Friartire: President Pooh
by Pooh Bear Fanatic ’21
Xi Jinping, president of the People’s Republic of China, made headlines last week when reports of his lawsuit against Walt Disney Productions resurfaced for their use of his likeness in their depiction of Winnie the Pooh.
The suit, filed in 2014, claimed that President Jinping’s, 66, likeness had been used as a basis to create the infamous bear, which has been used to “mock” the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China.
The resurfacing comes in the wake of Hong Kong protesters objecting to Xi Jinping by donning homemade Pooh Bear masks in their continued fight against the abhorred extradition bill, meaning Pooh could represent far more than a flashpoint with the 2023 election looming.
President Jinping has previously banned all depictions of Pooh Bear in Chinese media, claiming that the “dimwitted naivety” of the anthropomorphic bear undermines the importance of the communist revitalization that he has championed.
Representatives to the People’s Republic of China could not be reached for comment.