Yep, you read that correctly. Officials in the town of Tuszyn, Poland (about 87 miles southwest of Warsaw), have deemed the iconic little bear "inappropriate for children." The council met
in an attempt to decide on a mascot for a local children's playground. Trying to understand the reasoning behind such a ban will likely leave you shaking your head in stunned disbelief. The quotes, taken from members of the town council who voted for the ban, read like the drugged up ramblings of a mental patient in a straight jacket. During the meeting, a councillor decided to record the proceedings and then released the recording to the Croatian Times
Highlights (or lowlights) of the meeting are as follows:
“The problem with that bear is it doesn’t have a complete wardrobe,” said Ryszard Cichy during the discussion.“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.”
Councillor Hanna Jachimska criticizes Winnie the Pooh author AA 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,” she said.
An unnamed councillor is heard on the recording discussing Pooh's sexuality saying, "It doesn't wear underwear because it doesn't have sex." While another denounces Pooh for being a "hermaphrodite."
The utter insanity of that entire discussion should have the people of the town of Tuszyn very concerned and, hopefully, re-evaluating their choice of elected officials. At any rate, Pooh is out of the running. But who will take his place? I'm fairly certain Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck are out...those two just run around completely naked all the time. Donald and Daisy Duck are also pants-less. And what about Paddington Bear? Who knows what he's hiding under that raincoat! The children of the world are clearly doomed.
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