The Winnie the Pooh character has become a lighthearted way for
people across China to mock their president, Xi Jinping, but it
seems the government doesn’t find the joke very funny. […]
As comparisons grew and the meme spread online, censors began
erasing the images which mocked Xi. The website of US television
station HBO was blocked last month after comedian John Oliver
repeatedly made fun of the Chinese president’s apparent
sensitivity over comparisons of his figure with that of Winnie.
The segment also focused on China’s dismal human rights
Another comparison between Xi and Winnie during a military parade
in 2015 became that year’s most censored image, according to
Global Risk Insights. The firm said the Chinese government
viewed the meme as “a serious effort to undermine the dignity of
the presidential office and Xi himself”.
No need to read too much into it. All sorts of men look like puffy little cartoon bears.