December 7, 2005, - 2:51 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Congratulations to “Winnie the Pooh,” who has turned 80.
But jeers to Disney for utilizing anti-male affirmative action in “honor” of this milestone. The folks at Disney are replacing Christopher Robin with a 6-year-old girl tomboy.
If they think this feminist affirmative action stunt will help revive interest in “Winnie the Pooh”–and those deluded fools actually do–dream on. The dying nature of this brand is a function of technology–computers, the Internet, interactive games, etc.–not anything to do with liberal social policy or some perceived need to implement it by emasculating everything. This new gambit to replace Christopher Robin is absurd.
Even leftist librarians didn’t see the need. “This strikes me as a step too far away from the vision of the original books,” Kathleen Horning, who trains children’s book librarians at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told USA Today. “Besides, growing up, I had no problem relating to Christopher Robin. He almost had a non-specific gender.”
And what would be wrong if he did, indeed, have a strong male gender? Just asking.
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