Winnie the Pooh Banned from Polish Playground After Being Labeled a Hermaphrodite

by Jackie Willis 8:45 AM PST, November 21, 2014
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This Polish town wants Winnie the Pooh to put some pants on.

Tuszyn, near Warsaw, has deemed the children's character an "inappropriately dressed" bear of "dubious sexuality," the Croatian Times reports. During a town meeting to discuss a playground mascot, the suggestion of Pooh Bear was shot down as it was thought that the honey-loving animal was a hermaphrodite.

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"The problem with that bear is it doesn't have a complete wardrobe. It is half naked which is wholly inappropriate for children," Tuszyn resident Ryszard Cichy said.

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Another town official added, "It doesn't wear underpants because it doesn't have a sex. It's a hermaphrodite."

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Taking the discussion to an even more ridiculous place, resident Hanna Jachimska blamed Pooh's creator Alan Alexander Milne, saying, "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."

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If pantsless mascots are not to be considered for this Polish playground, this also puts Donald Duck and a slew of other cartoon characters out of the running.

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