In a disheartening turn of events, Winnie the Pooh has been deemed an inappropriate candidate in the running of a local park’s mascot, in Tuszyn, Poland.
The philosophical bear has no place in this small town, where conservative council members believe the bear to be of “dubious sexuality.” Early illustrations of the bear show the bear in its natural form, but since Disney’s adaptation, Pooh has donned a red shirt. And like Donald Duck, he doesn’t wear pants, which to the Polish council members means he is “half-naked.”
This opinion of Pooh came about when it was suggested at a local council meeting to decide which famous character should become the face of the play area in the small town of Tuszyn. And council members were not very thrilled at the idea.
The discussion council members had among each other has been leaked online. "It doesn't wear underpants because it doesn't have sex," said one member. Hanna Jachimska went on to give her two cents about the author. "When the author turned 60, he cut off his [Pooh’s] testicles with a rusty razor blade because of his own identity issues."
In actuality, Winnie the Pooh is a “fictional anthropomorphic” character created by the English author A. A. Milne. The much loved bear first appeared in 1926 in a children’s storybook and has since been adapted into Disney cartoons.
Ryszard Cichy reasoned that since the problem with Pooh was his lack of pants, they should use Polish fictional bear called Misio Uszatek, because it’s dressed in a manner they deem appropriate (i.e. with pants.)
Locals reaction can’t seem to take the council's statements seriously (who can blame them?) One local was inspired to write a poem, which rhymes in polish: “Winnie the Pooh is an alcoholic and a liar. He walks with no underwear and has cut off his testicles.”
The poetry makes a very valid point, albeit through a touch of sarcasm. In a world striving to be politically correct, perhaps debating the gender of bear meant for children’s amusement has made some people lose sight of the bigger picture: it’s a bear – meant for little kids, who don’t really care whether Pooh wears pants or not.
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