Why was Winnie the Pooh banned?
Winnie the Pooh or also known as Pooh the Bear is one of the most popular animated characters among children. If you ask little kids who is their favorite character, almost all of them would consider Winnie the Pooh and friends. Winnie, together with Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, Owl, Rabbit, and others make up a fun and lively community. The story also gives lessons which children can emulate. The book is considered one of the best but surprisingly, it is banned in Muslim countries.
The character Piglet is a great insult to the Muslim brothers. The religion of Islam believes that pig is an unclean animal and eating pork is forbidden. Piglet, in the book Winni the Pooh is considered very much offensive that’s why all the pictures of Piglet was marked by black pen in the book. When the children read the book, they could not see Piglet anymore.
Surprisingly, Winnie the Pooh was also banned in Russia. This time it’s not about piglet but Winnie the Pooh being an extremist material.
Winnie the Pooh was found as one of the possessions of a political activist when he was arrested in 2006. Any possession by an extremist is considered threat by the Russian government because there could be symbols or codes used to communicate private matters among rebels. Together with Winnie the Pooh, other possessions include flags with crosses and two sheets of paper with swastika symbol written on it.
Russians considered Winnie the Pooh as Nazi material and because of that, anything which has something to do with Pooh the Bear is prohibited.
The banning of Winnie the Pooh caused a lot of book and toy lovers to react. If this character will be forbidden, children would still look for Winnie the Pooh. Not only is Winnie very popular as a charming character in the book but Pooh the Bear is also visible in toy stores and souvenir items.