Quick, take a look at the photo above, what’s the first thing that came to mind upon seeing it?
If your first thought was not “They need pants”, congratulations, you’re not Polish!
The good people over in Poland recently came to the conclusion that Winnie the Pooh is not a shining example of good behaviour for the kiddies, on the basis that he does not own a pair of pants, CTV News reports.
The fictional, stuffed bear may walk around with a teeny, tiny red shirt covering his upper half but he completely neglects his more exposed lower half. Talk about reversed priorities.
To be fair, not all of Poland is crazy (sorry for overgeneralising, our Polish friends), only the concerned folks in the town of Tuszyn are. Here’s a quote from councilor Ryszard Cichy: “The problem with that bear is it doesn’t have a complete wardrobe. It is half naked which is wholly inappropriate for children.”
“Oh, bother”, says the bear who forgot his pants.
And then there’s the fact that by walking around sans pants, it means the bear is indecently exposing himself. But, lo and behold – his genitals are nowhere to be seen. This dubious sexuality is also a problem to Poland. Council person Hanna Jachimska says of it, “A.A. Milne [Pooh’s writer] cut his [Pooh’s] testicles off with a razor blade because he had a problem with his identity.” Wow.
Looks like this is a Donald Duck urban legend come to life, in a way. Back in 2007, Snopes had debunked the myth that another famous Disney character, the aforementioned duck, was banned in Finland due to his pantless nature.
While that claim may be false, this Polish one sure isn’t.
But you’re not alone, Poland – U.S., U.K. and Turkey are no fans of the honey-loving bear, either! Three years prior, according to Banned Book Awareness, the books in the Pooh series scored the number 22 spot on the American Library Association’s 100 most-banned classics list.
Pooh is also banned in United Kingdom, not for his lack-of-clothing but for his pink, cowardice friend – Piglet. Turkish television even went as far as banning every scene that included the little pink scaredy-cat so as not to offend the Muslims.
Though UK pulled the plug on its ban when the Muslim Council of Britain formally requested the “well-intentioned but misguided” policy to be put to an end.
So to all budding story book writers out there, let this be a lesson. Pants are important.
Wait until Poland realizes Pooh is at least one article of clothing ahead of most of his friends.