Winnie the Pooh banned as playground mascot due to "dubious sexuality"
Winnie the Pooh is under attack! When council members in a small town in Poland recently debated who to choose as the special mascot for a new children's playground, they didn't take kindly to recommendations of A.A. Milne's beloved character.
At the meeting in Tuszyn, Poland, which was recorded by one council member and leaked to the local press, council member Ryszard Cichy argued that “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 recommended using Poland's fictional bear as a mascot because, unlike Winnie, it is fully dressed.
Another council member argued that Winnie the Pooh is a "hermaphrodite" who doesn't wear underpants because it doesn't have a sex. Yet another, councilwoman Hanna Jachimska, criticized author A.A. Milne: "This is very disturbing, but can you imagine! The author was over 60 and cut [Pooh's] testicles off with a razor blade because he had a problem with his identity."
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The council has not made a final decision about the mascot. Sadly, it looks like the Hundred Acre Wood won't be making an appearance in Tuszyun any time soon.
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