Cartoons are an indispensable part of childhood. Not only do they keep us busy, but they are also a great learning tool at times. As such, the popular British cartoon ‘Peppa Pig’ has added some fresh faces to its diverse lineup of animal characters. It’s not what you think!
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On an episode titled Families, which first aired on Channel 5 on Tuesday, the creators – British animators Mark Baker and Neville Astley – introduced a same-sex couple for the first time in the show’s 18-year history.
In the episode, Penny Polar Bear tells Peppa about her two mothers. while drawing a family portrait. “I live with my mom and my other mom. One mummy is a doctor and one mummy cooks spaghetti,” Penny said.
The move comes after a petition was filed two years ago on a US website saying: “Children who watch Peppa Pig are of impressionable age, and excluding same-sex families will teach them that only single-parent families or two parents of different sexes are normal.”
This means that children of same-sex parents may feel alienated by Peppa Pig and other children are more likely to bully them simply out of ignorance.
However, the news garnered mixed reactions from the netizens. While some opposed the move, many cheered the creators for a change.
dude grow up. modern kids will be in classrooms with kids who have gay parents. the right time to talk about different family types is around the age of 4-6 years so that they can better understand their peers in the classroom. that’s Peppa Pig’s audience.
— jesse (@dogcallbambi) September 8, 2022
One of the users wrote: “Dude, grow up. modern kids will be in classrooms with kids who have gay parents. the right time to talk about different family types is around school age of 4-6 so they can better educate their classmates.” can understand, that’s Peppa Pig’s audience (sic),” added Janey Godley, an award-winning comic, “Great news – I’ve been hearing screams about this from a far corner of the internet – well done Peppa Pig.”
Fantastic news – I’ve been hearing yelling about this from a far corner of the internet – well done Peppa Pig
— Janey Godley (@JaneyGodley) September 8, 2022
Robbie de Santos, director of communications and external affairs at LGBT rights group Stonewall, told the BBC: “Many of those who watch the show will have two mothers or two fathers of their own and it will mean a lot to parents and children that their experiences are represented. in such an iconic children’s program.”
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