Winnie the Pooh Gets Banned

The Original Winnie the Pooh Toys (via Wikimedia Commons)

The Original Winnie the Pooh Toys (via Wikimedia Commons)

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!

Sources:  MediaBistro, The Independent

Do you have any thoughts to share?  Or just fond memories of Pooh Bear?

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8 Responses to Winnie the Pooh Gets Banned

  1. Piper Bayard says:

    Why do adults keep shoving their baggage off on kids? This reminds me of John Ashcroft insisting that the statue of the Spirit of Justice be dressed. Crazy and funny at the same time. 🙂
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  2. OMG, I inadvertently perverted my son’s mind when I decorated his nursery with Winnie the Pooh! Seriously, these people need to get a life, or better still, get a brain.
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  3. Jennifer Jensen says:

    I know – I wish innocence would be left to be innocent!

  4. What a strange thing to do Jennifer. I don’t know how you found out about this, but I can’t imagine what possessed them to take such drastic action to our beloved Poo Bear! This makes me very sad. 🙁
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  5. Emily Witt says:

    The part about A. A. Milne having clearly cut off Pooh’s testicles was the most bizarre part to me… do teddy bears come with genitalia in Poland? Because none of the ones I ever had (and still have) ever did!
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    • Jennifer Jensen says:

      I think that person is wacko, a female version of a misogynist (is there a word for hating men?). The council meeting was evidently taped secretly – I wonder what repercussions it’s having in Poland!

  6. Oh my… Whatever next!

    Wasn’t there a similar outcry over Bob Squarepants and his (presumably homosexual) relationship to Patrick? It must be all those holes on Bob; people were rightly confused 😀
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    • Jennifer Jensen says:

      I remember that with SpongeBob. But I’ll also bet that Paddington Bear doesn’t have underwear on beneath his raincoat!