Polish city bans Winnie-the-Pooh at playgrounds, claiming 'dubious' sexuality

Oh bother!

By Aileen Graef

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TUSZYN, Poland, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Winnie-the-Pooh is being run out of town, and it's not for taking all the honey.

The cartoon bear's image was banned from a playground in the small Polish city of Tuszyn because members of the town council believe him to be a hermaphrodite.


The issue came up when it was proposed that Pooh be the patron of the playground. But the more conservative members of the council took issue with the fact he was only half-dressed.

"It doesn't wear underpants because it doesn't have a sex. It's a hermaphrodite," said one Councillor.

They had an explanation for why poor Pooh is of "dubious sexuality" and it's through no fault of his own but rather due to the cruelty of his author, A.A. Milne.

"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 patron of the playground has yet to be decided but Winnie-the-Pooh has been scratched off the list.


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