A town bans Winnie the Pooh because some believe the popular Disney bear is a hermaphrodite. According to UPI, the Polish city of Tuszyn decided that images of Pooh should not appear anywhere near a playground, where it was previously suggested he be the playground's patron. Members of the town council were discussing what mascot the playground should have, and the more conservative members had a big problem with Pooh, who was high on the list of options.
"This is very disturbing but can you imagine! The author was over 60 and cut his [Pooh's] testicles off with a razor blade because he had a problem with his identity," said Councillor Hanna Jachimska.
The town banned Winnie the Pooh for more reasons than his lacking genitalia. According to NewsOXY, the fact that Pooh is only half-dressed is a problem.
"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," said Ryszard Cichy.
Although it might be hard for anyone to find anything sexual about the character in any of A.A. Milne's stories, apparently the bear's appearance is more of a problem... but it is not like any stuffed animals have "private parts," so there's that. Of course, the town of Tuszyn is now on the hunt for a new playground representative, and, as you can probably imagine, their choice is going to be something that is appropriate in every aspect: fully dressed, age-appropriate, and likely human.
If the banning of Winnie The Pooh from a children's playground makes you wonder what is happening in the world, there are other things that have made people wonder. For instance, a town in Washington decided to ban swings from school playgrounds. While you might think that swings are a playground staple, some school officials in Richland, Washington, think they are hazardous. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, children could get hurt, and swings are now a "liability."
"As schools get modernized or renovated or as we're doing work on the playground equipment, we'll take out the swings, it's just really a safety issue, swings have been determined to be the most unsafe of all the playground equipment on a playground," explained Richland School District spokesperson Steve Aagard.
So, while some kids won't have Winnie the Pooh on the playground, others won't even have swings...
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