The character is "wholly inappropriate for children," according to one legislator
Here's some news that would definitely lead Winnie the Pooh to exclaim, "Oh, bother."
Lawmakers in the small town of Tuszyn, Poland, have voted to ban the honey-loving character from representing a playground due to the anthropomorphic bear's lack of a clear gender identity and a propensity for going pants-less.
Officials at a council meeting claimed that Winnie the Pooh is of "dubious sexuality" and is "inappropriately dressed" to be around children, given that the bear is "half-naked," according to the Croatian Times.
"The problem with that bear is it doesn't have a complete wardrobe," said council person Ryszard Cichy, 46. "It is half-naked, which is wholly inappropriate for children."
Another official said that Pooh Bear "doesn't wear underpants because it doesn’t have a sex. It's a hermaphrodite."
Council person Hanna Jachimska criticized Winnie-the-Pooh author A.A. Milne for having "cut his [Pooh's] testicles off with a razor blade because he had a problem with his identity."
It had not been decided which character would instead represent the playground.
Several years earlier, Pooh Bear found itself caught up in the more commonplace global tradition of book bannings. Swastikas aren't involved in the reasoning, but godliness is. "The same parent group in Kansas that objected to Charlotte’s Web in 2006 also cited the talking animals of Winnie-the-Pooh as being an insult to God in public arguments," a Banned Books Awareness resource recounts. That same concern—that talking animals are religious abomination—has landed Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in similar trouble, and got Pooh nursery rhymes banned from public schools in the United Kingdom, lest Jews or Muslims take offense at the talking pig.