Comparing Xi Jinping to Winnie the Pooh apparently didn’t help.
HBO’s Last Week Tonight has led to some drastic measures in China. After an episode aired on June 17th, the Chinese government is now trying to erase all signs of John Oliver on the internet.
The show had a 20-minute section on Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. In special, Oliver mentioned Xi’s abolition of term limits and even linked him to Mao Zedong.
Oliver also mentioned the cruelty on political opponents, the infamous experiment to leverage WeChat data to give you a score and determine if you’re a good citizen, Tiananmen Square protests, Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo’s recent death and, yes, online censorship.
It’s a bit ironic that Oliver’s show itself is now censored in China as a result of this episode. It proves Oliver’s point that China still has a long way to go when it comes to human rights and freedom of the press.
Oliver also made sure to suggest that Xi doesn’t like to be compared to Winnie the Pooh. Last year, Chinese authorities have banned all mentions of Winnie the Pooh.