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Peppa Pig - How Can An Innocent Cartoon Receive So Much Backlash?

02 October 2017 | MJ Mendoza

Peppa Pig - you might have heard that name on memes, social media or from your younger sibling, it's receiving so much backlash and many of us don't know why. A children's show wrought with controversy, even Blue's Clues was no match to how infamous is this show to parents and to netizens in general.

Who Exactly is Peppa Pig?

Peppa Pig is a British television show marketed towards preschool kids and it has been airing since 2004! The whole show revolves around Peppa Pig - a sentient pig, as she goes about her everyday life; the themes like you would normally find in a children's show.

The TV show is so popular that it has won a Bafta four times and has taken the top spot from Thomas the Tank Engine as the top-selling preschool character. Aside from that, Peppa Pig has also released five full-length movies since 2004 and one that came out this year in April.

Aside from awards and movies, Peppa Pig has also produced games aimed towards preschool children as well as merchandise such as plush toys and even clothing. You can check out some Peppa Pig merchandise below.

So, What Went Wrong?

Despite all the awards and merchandise, Peppa Pig's name is in the mud. Each episode is only 5 minutes long but within that short span of time, it has garnered controversy. Parents and netizens, in general, are concerned about Peppa Pig justifying bullying as well as ignoring safety precautions.

Peppa Pig is a Big Meanie

If you have watched at least one episode of the show, you would know that Peppa Pig is a big meanie. She is spoiled, bullies her brother, and stomps her feet when she's upset or doesn't get her way; not exactly the attitude you want your kids to learn from.

Naomi Greenaway, a contributor and mother expressed in an article that her daughter was picking up unsavory demeanors from the character. After the usual tug-of-war over a dolly with a friend, she shoved her hands on her hips and declared, 'I don't want to play with you anymore!' To which Lilly blurted out, 'I don't want to play with you anymore!'. This scenario reminded her of an episode from Peppa Pig called "the Quarrel" in which Peppa and Suzy the Sheep had an argument.

Since the article was published, many parents have expressed their concerns on the show's values and the character's distasteful attitude that children might pick up.

Peppa Pig is Ignoring Safety Precautions

Peppa Pig is not rolling back her attitude and yet, it's only one of many reasons why the show is in bad rep. Among the first problems that critics of the show pointed out was during the first two series wherein Peppa Pig is observed as not wearing a seatbelt. Why would anyone want to bother with such a minute detail on a children's show? If you consider the fact that 1,600 children under 15 years of age die because of road crashes, then it would make sense. This prompted producers to re-animate the first two series and incorporate seatbelts, and helmets in successive episodes.

Another instance of Peppa's neglect for safety is in an episode called "Mister Skinnylegs" in which Peppa befriend's a spider. It may sound cool and all but not for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation which banned the episode. Being home to some of the most notorious and venomous spiders such as the Redback spider and Funnel-web spider, it was a good call for the broadcasting company. You wouldn't want kids befriending no Australian spiders.

In Conclusion...

Okay, Peppa Pig may have made some mistakes here and there but people still love her, right? Well, sorta. Repercussions of her bad attitude and rejection for safety precautions has sent waves of disapproval from many netizens. In the end, people are still confused whether Peppa Pig is just one sassy farm animal or she is genuinely a wolf in sheep's clothing.

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