Oh bother! Officials from the Polish Town of Tuszyn have declared the beloved children’s character Winnie the Pooh to be an unfit choice, as they debated possible mascots for the town playground. The honey-loving bear has therefore been banned, NBC News reported.
The group in charge of deciding on a mascot evidently felt that Pooh is a poor candidate, their main points being that he doesn’t wear pants and might be “a hermaphrodite.”
The Croatian Times reported that town council members were discussing the hot-button topic, when some anonymous person decided to record the talk and leak the audio to news outlets. In the recording, one council member—identified as Ryszard Cichy—felt the bear should be banned due to his lack of pants.
“The problem with the bear is it doesn’t have a complete wardrobe. It is half naked which is wholly inappropriate for children,” Cichy said.
Another official observed that, with no visible genitalia the bear can’t be identified by sex. “It doesn’t wear underpants because it doesn’t have a sex. It’s a hermaphrodite.”
Finally a third council member called Winnie the Pooh’s lack of pants and private parts “very disturbing.”
If that’s how the town feels about Winnie the Pooh, it’s probably safe to assume that Donald Duck is out of the running.