Winnie the Pooh has been banned from a playground because a local council has deemed him inappropriate for children.
As Pooh himself would say 'Oh bother!' But why did the council decide that children needed to be protected from a cartoon bear?
Were they worried that 'a bear of very little brains' wasn't an inspiring role model for younger generations? Or perhaps they were concerned that Pooh's penchant for honey would lead to a national shortage of the toast topper?
The actual reason the council gave for the ban was every bit as ridiculous as the above suggestions (if not even more so), they took against Winnie because of his 'dubious sexuality' and 'inappropriate' dress.
The issue was raised when Pooh bear's name was mentioned at a local council meeting being held to decide which famous character should become the face of a play area in the small town of Tuszyn, in Poland.
The suggestion of Pooh was met with outrage from some council members, with one councillor calling Pooh a 'hermaphrodite'.
The discussion was secretly recorded by one of the councillors, who later leaked the tape to the press.
"The problem with that bear is it doesn't have a complete wardrobe," said councillor Ryszard Cichy.
"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."
Another unnamed councillor can be heard arguing that: 'it doesn't wear underpants because it doesn't have a sex. It is a hermaphrodite.'
The criticism then moved on from Winnie to his creator AA Milne, as councillor Hanna Jachimska said:
"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."
The councillors are yet to decide who the patron of the children's playground will be. We expect Donald Duck isn't in the running - and we're keen to know what they think about Mickey Mouse's topless antics!
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