Americans (and anyone else deeply invested in Christopher Robin and friends) can't get over the fact that Winnie the Pooh is actually *gasp* a girl bear! Does that make you feel differently about the no-pants situation?
It's weird that this is suddenly making waves, because it is a matter of public record that the character of Winnie the Pooh was based on author A.A. Milne's son Christopher Robin's teddy bear. That teddy bear was named after an actual female black bear purchased by Lt. Harry Colebourne, who brought the bear to London from Canada during World War I, naming her "Winnie," after Winnipeg.
So, she's also technically Canadian, eh. Here's the lieutenant and lady bear:
Canadians have known that the gluttonous honey-muncher is a woman for years, mostly because they were all forced to watch this informative video at some point:
Of course, the character in the books is referred to as "he." Almost all of the characters in A.A. Milne's books are, except for Kanga:she's a mom. The reactions to Winnie's historical gender switch are varied, but this about sums it up:
This is like The Berenstain bears all over again. Are no fictional bears to be trusted?