A Twitter debate over Winnie the Pooh trended overnight and has left some people confused about the childhood character's gender.
How did it start? No one really knows.
Who started this Winnie the Pooh is a girl thing?? Who's ruining my childhood... Who is so evil?? pic.twitter.com/ZYq0CtMBA0— Itumeleng Ngwatwane (@Semakaleng_Loox) June 6, 2017
as if i don't have enough stress...someone says Winnie The Pooh is female pic.twitter.com/5tjzUTeiBs— nectar. (@ooh_keneilwe) June 6, 2017
Winnie The Pooh was the queen of body positivity— Lonz (@Lonz_Sigabi) June 6, 2017
Winnie The Pooh is gender neutral pls https://t.co/yMySYURpMh— beautifulbrownboy (@Silindokuhle_) June 6, 2017
CapeTalk/702's Stephen Grootes suggests the character could be gender neutral.
He spoke to Daily Maverick's Rebecca Davis for some clarity on the matter.
The historical bear after which Winnie the Pooh was created was definitely a male bear called Winnipeg in a London Zoo and that was the character the creator AA Milne based Winnie the Pooh on .— Rebecca Davis, columnist at the Daily Maverick
But the question of whether the subsequent incarnations of Winnie the Pooh creatively have been male or female, I think is a sort of a value question.— Rebecca Davis, columnist at the Daily Maverick
The Disney version is a little more open perhaps, quite a high voice, not portrayed in these gender stereotypes but conventional wisdom would assume Winnie the Pooh is male.— Rebecca Davis, columnist at the Daily Maverick
😂😂😂— RiRi👅💦 (@Ms_Reelax) June 6, 2017
Watseba keng....Winnie the pooh must fall.
The only Winnie_s i recognise....
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