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A small town in Poland is trying to redefine Winnie the Pooh into something the bear's creator, A. A. Milne, wouldn't even recognize: A hermaphroditic, nudist bear created by a disturbed old man.
Officials in the small town of Tuszyn, in central Poland, were meeting to decide upon a new patron for a children’s playground when Winnie-the-Pooh was brought up.
But the suggestion was quickly rounded on by more conservative members.
Councillor Ryszard Cichy, 46, said: "The problem with that bear is it doesn’t have a complete wardrobe.
"It is half naked which is wholly inappropriate for children."
He then suggested a Polish fictional bear, saying: "Ours is dressed from head to toe, unlike Pooh who is only dressed from the waist up."
So, okay. A few things to note here:
1. In general, bears on the whole do not wear pants. This is a mostly consistent law of nature (with notable exceptions, h/t the circus etc.); but if one were to take a survey of bears in nature, one would most likely find that the vast majority are not wearing pants. So the fact that Winnie wears a shirt actually suggests he's quite conservative in nature.
2. Winnie has already proven he can be trusted with children. In most of their interactions, Winnie and Christopher Robin are without supervision, and this never seems to become a problem.
3. The genital issue is a little murkier. There's really no way to prove one way or the other whether Milne performed said surgical operation on Winnie's nether regions, so we'll call it a wash.
4. Winnie the Pooh is a known honey thief. Just seems like a missed opportunity here. Although UPI seized it, reporting: "Winnie-the-Pooh is being run out of town, and it's not for taking all the honey."
Don't trust everything you read over the web. The truth is: one of the councilors, Ewa Kotecka, organizes a party each october (since ten years), to celebrate Poohs birthday (As I understand, near the vicinity of the mentioned playground). This year, she proposed to name the playground after Pooh. However, other councilors voted in favor to name the playground after a bear from a polish production (Uszatek). There was a vivid discussion about the playgrounds patron - im not even sure which one was chosen in the end.
One of the councilors indeed said: "Ta inicjatywa radnej Koteckiej ma ścisły związek z kampanią wyborczą. Jest kojarzona z imprezą dla dzieci. A nasz Uszatek przynajmniej spodenki nosił."
Which means: This initiative or councilor Kotecka has a close relation with the election campaign. She wants to be associated with the party she organizes for the kids. At least our Uszatek wore pants.
However, he later mentioned that this was a joke. It would seem that the councilors simply preferred a patron of polish origin.
tldr: pooh not banned. Just not chosen as a patron of the playground.
Would provide sources, but its in polish language anyway. Im sure that anyone interested can google "Puchatek (the translation of pooh) Tuszyn"