John Oliver, Having Mocked Chinese Censorship, Is Censored in China

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HONG KONG — In a 20-minute phase about China that aired Sunday on the satirical information present “Final Week Tonight,” the host John Oliver introduced up President Xi Jinping’s resemblance to Winnie the Pooh.

That, amongst different delicate references, appears to have touched a nerve in China, the place the British comic has now been censored on a serious social media platform — simply because the cartoon bear had been.

“Apparently, Xi Jinping may be very delicate about his perceived resemblance to Winnie the Pooh,” Mr. Oliver stated on the present. “And I’m not even certain it’s that sturdy a resemblance, to be sincere. However the reality he’s aggravated about it means individuals won’t ever cease bringing it up.”

Apparently so.

Makes an attempt to create posts containing the phrases “John Oliver” on Weibo, a preferred Chinese language microblogging platform, resulted in an error message on Thursday saying the put up might violate “guidelines and rules.” Fairly a couple of posts mentioning Mr. Oliver had been seen on the platform, however none referred to the China episode, and the latest had been posted a couple of days earlier than it aired.

Follow Tiffany May on Twitter: @NYtmay.

Claire Fu contributed analysis from Beijing.

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