Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Boo Hoo for Pooh: Honey-Loving Winnie Not Sweet Enough for Polish Playground

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Boo Hoo for Pooh: Honey-Loving Winnie Not Sweet Enough for Polish Playground

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Oh bother! Polish playground punts Pooh

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Winnie the Pooh may be loved by children everywhere, but the willy nilly silly old bear stuffed with fluff has caused quite a huff in a Polish community.

The British newspaper The Independent reports that councillors in the town of Tuszyn have punted Pooh as a possible playground patron because of his "dubious sexuality" and "inappropriate" dress.

Illustrations of the bear created by British author A.A. Milne in the 1920s confirm Pooh does tend to wander the Hundred Acre Wood in the buff or squeezed into the teensiest of red T-shirts.

"The problem with that bear is it doesn't have a complete wardrobe," Coun. Ryszard Cichy is quoted as saying.

"It is half naked which is wholly inappropriate for children. [Poland's fictional bear] is dressed from head to toe, unlike Pooh, who is only dressed from the waist up."

An unnamed councillor denounced poor Pooh as a "hermaphrodite" -- although the official may have meant the bear was androgynous. …

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