Winnie meets Oreo

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This just in from Mark Metcalf in Beijing:

Mark remarks:  "Well, it looks like our favorite bear survived the 19th NPC."

I would observe that only the head remains, the offending tummy having been removed.

Winnie the Pooh has been banned in China because of this:

(From: "Chinese president Xi Jinping can't bear being compared to Winnie the Pooh anymore, so the cartoon cub is now banned in China," SCMP, July 18, 2017)


"The letter * has bee* ba**ed in Chi*a" (2/26/18)

"Peppa Pig has been purged" (5/2/18)

The brand name on the package reads "Àolì'ào 奥利奥" ("Oreo").

There must be thousands of Oreo knockoffs in China, and I'm sure this is not the only one that doesn't even bother to look like the real thing.

"Fake Ritz and phony Oreo" (5/27/18)


  1. Ben Zimmer said,

    June 29, 2018 @ 11:05 am

    John Oliver explored the Xi Jinping / Winnie the Pooh censorship issue on "Last Week Tonight" recently (starting around 10:30 in the video).

    Naturally, the Chinese government blocked HBO's website because of it.

  2. Santa Cruzan said,

    June 29, 2018 @ 11:53 am

    But what is this weird, vaguely gruesome product?

  3. keith100 said,

    June 29, 2018 @ 12:28 pm

    The cartoon characters look like Tsum Tsums – officially licenced toys

  4. The Dark Avenger said,

    June 29, 2018 @ 12:43 pm

    Judging by the illustration, some sort of chocolate tube similar to the “rolled tube crackers” that are so popular with my peeps.

  5. Y said,

    June 29, 2018 @ 1:03 pm

    Pooh and Tigger on the package seem to share my reaction to the disturbing alien copulation image.

  6. Gen said,

    June 29, 2018 @ 1:03 pm

    That's actually an official Oreo product put out by Mondelez International, Oreo's parent company (they bought out Nabisco). See the storefront on this link: . They're "wafer sticks" in English, although from what I can tell they've been discontinued in the US. Oreo (or oreo-flavored) cookie on the outside, chocolate goo on the inside. They also appear to be available in a Minnie Mouse-branded vanilla.

  7. maidhc said,

    June 29, 2018 @ 6:16 pm

    It looks as though a pipeline spill has occurred between the amphibious invasion force and the defenders.

  8. Xiiaohong said,

    July 1, 2018 @ 8:45 pm

    To say that Pooh has been "banned" in China is misleading. Any toy shop or bookstore, even in the center of Beijing, openly sells Winnie the Pooh books and toys.

  9. Victor Mair said,

    July 2, 2018 @ 6:08 am

    The ban against Winnie the Pooh has not been very successful.

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