Bravo to the Polish town of Tuszyn for taking a stand on something we’ve all long wondered about and, yes, feared:
According to an Australian newspaper, one council member is heard saying: “Anyone who knows Winnie-the-Pooh knows he has no sex [genitalia],” which would normally be considered a good thing in a children’s cartoon character, but in this case, was viewed as a symptom of deeper moral issues with the “immodest” bear.
On the tape, the council members complain that Pooh Bear is immodestly dressed, lacks a clear gender and one went so far as to call the bear a “hermaphrodite.” A council member also made some remarkable claims about the origins of Pooh and his creator, A.A. Milne, involving “Pooh’s testicles” and “a rusty razor blade.” Milne modeled the well-loved characters after his son and his favorite stuffed toys.
I’ve always been partial to Eeyore. When I was a kid I felt sorry for him, and it was only later that we came to share a certain general worldview. But my mom has a stuffed Eeyore doll whose tail is attached by Velcro, and suddenly I’m terrified of what kind of message that doll might be sending my impressionable daughter. I need to really think about this.
Anyway, bravo again to the brave leaders of Tuszyn for fighting back against the corrupting influence of pants-less cartoon bears with missing genitals. A grateful humanity thanks you, and please don’t be discouraged by the remarks of your less-enlightened citizenry:
The town members of Tuszyn are unimpressed with their leaders. In an interview with Polish news program TTV, one local resident compared Pooh’s admitted “low intellect” to that of the town councillors, saying: “Winnie the Pooh was a bear with low intellect, and unfortunately, this is also evident in those who are concerned with this topic”.