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Peppa Pig - Should it be banned?

Anyone with very young relatives will be well acquainted with the so-called Peppa Pig and her family of porcine characters. In fact, I think most people will admit to finding the 1 hour + videos on YouTube for a bit of respite. The cartoon's vice-like grip on the attentions of children is impressive but it also raises a few questions as to whether Peppa Pig should really have long term, unescorted access to children in our own homes?

I started to question the Peppa Pig phenomena when I started to seeing ubiquitous images, merchandise and footage of these pigs in all aspects of British society. What really struck me was that using a pig is a really divisive and insidious way of driving divisions amongst children from a really young age; Muslim and Jewish children are given the choice of either embracing an animal that goes against their most cherished beliefs or being excluded from mainstream society. Children are well known for the ability to establish rapports with pretty much any animal so one has to assume the decision to use swine has been deliberate. The next logical question is, who created Peppa Pig and who funds them?

What disturbs me the most is the grotesque features which have been used to form Peppa Pig's and her family's faces. The bright, shiny pink head resembles an engorged scrotum whereas the nose at the top of the head looks like a mutilated penis. This is of course done deliberately so that adults watching Peppa Pig with their younger relatives receive the sinister messaging about genital mutilation in the age of unbridled capitalism, the movement of populations into West Europe and decreasing living standards.

I wouldn't mind, but some of us want to be able to watch TV without being continually harassed with the sinister creations of the most wicked minds.
 
She is also incredibly rude and bad mannered.
 
You have been reading the Comment is Free section in the Guardian again. Haven't you?

I will second the comment about her being incredibly rude and bad mannered. I have been waiting for years for Daddy Pig to give her the slap she so richly deserves.
 
Anyone with very young relatives will be well acquainted with the so-called Peppa Pig and her family of porcine characters. In fact, I think most people will admit to finding the 1 hour + videos on YouTube for a bit of respite. The cartoon's vice-like grip on the attentions of children is impressive but it also raises a few questions as to whether Peppa Pig should really have long term, unescorted access to children in our own homes?

I started to question the Peppa Pig phenomena when I started to seeing ubiquitous images, merchandise and footage of these pigs in all aspects of British society. What really struck me was that using a pig is a really divisive and insidious way of driving divisions amongst children from a really young age; Muslim and Jewish children are given the choice of either embracing an animal that goes against their most cherished beliefs or being excluded from mainstream society. Children are well known for the ability to establish rapports with pretty much any animal so one has to assume the decision to use swine has been deliberate. The next logical question is, who created Peppa Pig and who funds them?

What disturbs me the most is the grotesque features which have been used to form Peppa Pig's and her family's faces. The bright, shiny pink head resembles an engorged scrotum whereas the nose at the top of the head looks like a mutilated penis. This is of course done deliberately so that adults watching Peppa Pig with their younger relatives receive the sinister messaging about genital mutilation in the age of unbridled capitalism, the movement of populations into West Europe and decreasing living standards.

I wouldn't mind, but some of us want to be able to watch TV without being continually harassed with the sinister creations of the most wicked minds.

You're way behind the curve!

 
Peppa Pig should be required reading in ALL Muslim schools.
 
Grandaughter a peppa pig fan - over dinner, a pork casserole- I said to her
" Grandma hasn't made this too peppery for you has she?".

My how all the grown ups laughed.
I hate the cartoon.
 
I must admit there may be something in the Children's TV brainwashing youngsters, if it wasn't for Mr Ben's exploits in uniform I probably wouldn't have found myself on the Falls Road in the mid 80's. I also have a number of friends who are firemen due to the cognitive brainwashing of Trumpton, they don't even like heights.
 

DITA

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You have been reading the Comment is Free section in the Guardian again. Haven't you?

I will second the comment about her being incredibly rude and bad mannered. I have been waiting for years for Daddy Pig to give her the slap she so richly deserves.

Oh a thousand times this!

And dont get me started on that little ginger pr!ck from Ponty Pandy...
 
My suggestion for an episode - George and the Bacon Slicer - didn't even gain an acknowledgement from the producers, which I thought a little rude. Young George is a pig in need of a slap.

On the plus side, the Pig has permitted the creation of Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom, which is clearly written for long-suffering parents with the multiplicity of embedded jokes the little ones won't get.
 
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