A Polish town recently dropped Winnie the Pooh from consideration as their mascot. It seems the town’s council doesn’t quite the whole concept of Winnie The Pooh.
When A.A. Milne created the bear and his friends, they were designed to be the imaginary lives of his son Christopher Robin Milne’s stuffed animals. Simple, perfectly pleasing plushes.
The town council of Tuszyn has deemed Pooh “sexually dubious” for being “panstless (sic).”
Councilor Ryszard Cichy said “the problem with that bear is that he has an incomplete wardrobe.” Well, yeah. He’s Winnie the Pooh. He wears that red shirt and loves honey. The image of his gender neutral butt sticking out of that tree because he couldn’t help but eat all the honey is a childhood memory I’d rather not have demonized.
“It doesn’t wear underpants because it doesn’t have a sex. It’s a hermaphrodite”
It’s a stuffed animal. What’s next, A Barney the dinosaur ban?
Children have been exposed to asexual toys and characters for as long as there have been toys and characters. Again, the town council just doesn’t seem to get it.
Councilor Hanna Jachimska spoke of Milne in the most interesting of ways:
This is very disturbing but can you imagine! The author was over 60 and cut his [Pooh’s] testicles off with a razor blade because he had a problem with his identity.
Milne’s anthropomorphic animals have been delighting children since 1926. The actual stuffed bear is currently on display at the New York Public Library. It doesn’t show any signs of gender…neutrality…surgery.
“It is half-naked which is wholly inappropriate for children”
Winnie the Pooh is nursery and toddler material at best. These people have obviously never been parents. Winnie the Pooh loses to princesses and Mutant Ninja Turtles long before a child understands or needs to understand anything that requires in-depth analysis of gender.
They don’t see that lovable lunk as a bear with no pants, they see him as a teddy bear with a red shirt and a friend named Tigger who gives them an excuse to jump up and down.
The council of this Polish town needs to lighten up before people start making jokes about them.