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Winnie The Pooh has been deemed too racy for a playground in a small town in Poland.
City councillors in Tuszyn rejected the idea of using author A.A. Milne's most famous character as the face for a playground because Winnie The Pooh does not wear pants -- and may be sexually ambiguous.
"The problem with that bear is it doesn’t have a complete wardrobe," Coun. Ryszard Cichy said at a meeting, according to U.K. newspaper The Independent. He also referred to the fictitious bear as a hermaphrodite.
"It is half naked which is wholly inappropriate for children. [Poland’s fictional bear] is dressed from head to toe, unlike Pooh who is only dressed from the waist up."
Coun. Hanna Jachimska, meanwhile, suggested Milne emasculated Winnie The Pooh.
"This is very disturbing but can you imagine! The author was over 60 and cut [Pooh’s] testicles off with a razor blade because he had a problem with his identity," she said.
Milne created Winnie The Pooh after his son named his toy bear after Winnie, a captive bear at the London Zoo. Winnie, in turn, was named after Winnipeg by Canadian soldier Harry Colebourn, who bought the bear off a hunter at White River, Ont. as he travelled to the U.K. to serve in the First World War.
The Pooh controversy has spawned a mock-controversy on Twitter and even inspired Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman to speak in the fictitious carnivoran's defense.
"A treasured Wpg story-I hope that #WinnieThePooh cont's to teach children about kindness & friendship for yrs to come," Bowman's office tweeted.
Updated on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 1:41 PM CST: Corrects typo
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5:24 PM: Tweaks "carnivore" to "Carnivoran" for clarity.
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