Pooh Bear, that “tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff,” has been banned and lambasted by a Polish village.
Yes, you read that right. Winnie the Pooh has been banned. From a children’s park, no less!
In the small town of Tuszyn, the village council, in their oh-so-infinite wisdom, has declared Winnie the Pooh to be unfit for children – or at least unfit to be the face of a children’s playground. They can’t tell what gender he is, so he must be a hermaphrodite, and *gasp* he doesn’t wear pants! Actually, sometimes he completely naked.
News flash, folks. He doesn’t need pants because he’s a TOY! A toy who is suitably NOT anatomically correct, for which my young children were unknowingly thankful. (And contrary to what one council member said, I highly doubt that Milne “cut [Pooh’s] testicles off with a razor blade because he had a problem with his identity.”)
Not only that, but he is a HE. All you have to do is read the books to know that. Here are the opening lines of The House at Pooh Corner:
One day when Pooh Bear had nothing else to do, he thought he would do something, so he went round to Piglet’s house to see what Piglet was doing.
Winnie the Pooh not for children? In my humble (or not-so-humble) opinion, the village councillors’ brains have been stuffed with fluff!
Do you have any thoughts to share? Or just fond memories of Pooh Bear?