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Polish town opposes Pooh Bear for unclear gender

Polish town opposes Pooh Bear for unclear gender

Officials in a Polish town have opposed a proposition to name a playground after Winnie-the-Pooh due
Polish town opposes Pooh Bear for unclear gender
Two boys chat in front of a giant stuffed doll of Winnie-The-Pooh at the "World of Winnie-The-Pooh" exhibition at a Tokyo department store in this April 24, 2002 photo.
Photographer: The Associated Press

WARSAW, Poland — Officials in a Polish town have opposed a proposition to name a playground after Winnie-the-Pooh due to the bear's unclear gender and immodest clothing.

The matter was debated in a closed-door meeting weeks ago in the central Polish town of Tuszyn, but didn't get much media attention in Poland until recent days.

Voice recordings of the meeting were leaked to the media in which officials complained that Pooh Bear is immodestly dressed and also lacks a clear gender. One called the bear a "hermaphrodite."

Some said a fully clothed Polish cartoon bear named Uszatek would be a better choice.

One of the Pooh Bear opponents, Ryszard Cichy, told a newspaper that he had been joking at the end of a discussion on a playground that had gone on too long.

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