What are you saying!? Image: Disney
The day I chanced upon the crop top meme about Winnie the Pooh, I remember thinking to myself, why ain't Pooh a girl? She would have been such a great role model for li'l girls.
Of course, as a guy, too, Winnie the Pooh had profound knowledge to share and is the best-est friend one can possibly have. But still, you know what I mean.
During a social media stroll, my eyes popped out upon seeing a tweet about Pooh. Umm, how do I put it? It was THIS!
And I resonated with the reply to a T.
WINNIE THE POOH IS A GIRL? F**k! What was the guy talking about? I was shook, TBH.
So naturally, I started to dig more and gather facts about the very important matter that was at hand. Had to reach the bottom of the truth. Cuz if that tweet right there is true, then, mine and everyone else's childhood was a lie. *shudders *
Upon research, I learnt that Winnie the Pooh, was a 'he' in the books by AA Milne. But the character inspiration came from a girl bear. A real bear named after the London Zoo bear named Winnie, short for Winnipeg. And she wasn't British. She was Canadian.
In a picture book, Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick, the origins of the cutesy bear are traced. So, Winnie was brought to England by a soldier. Lieutenant Harry Colebourn had bought Winnie for just $20 during the First World War, and the pair became great friends. But when Colebourn had to go with his unit to France, he left Winnie at London Zoo. There, Winnie met a boy who loved coming to the zoo to meet her.
It's written by Lt Colebourn's great-granddaughter Lindsay Mattick Image: Amazon
The boy was named Christopher Robin and his father was AA Milne. Have you put two and two together or not? Milne based the story on his own son and his relationship with Winnie, the girl bear. But in the books, he changed the gender of the bear. And why on earth would someone do that? Somebody, please answer me.
Lindsay is the great-granddaughter of Colebourn and wanted to tell the real tale of Winnie. OMG! This is a lot to process. And thankfully, I'm not alone in this. Netizens are shocked, and some are still in denial.
Even in Disney's upcoming movie Christopher Robin, Winnie is referred to as a 'he'. So our whole childhood was a sham? Why couldn't Milne just let Pooh be a she-bear and not make it a he? Why God, why?