Popular preschool cartoon ‘Peppa Pig’ features same-sex parents

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Earlier this week, the popular British preschool cartoon Peppa Pig, which aired on Nick Jr., featured a same sex couple to its young audience, a first in the program’s 18-year history.

In a episode from the Hasbro-owned show called “Families,” character Penny Polar Bear shared with her classmates that her parents are two moms.

“I’m Penny Polar Bear. I live with my mom and my other mom,” Penny said, holding up a hand-drawn portrait of her family. Penny told the class, “A mom is a doctor and a mom cooks spaghetti I love spaghetti.

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The children’s show, which airs in more than 180 countries, may have been swayed to include same-sex parent polar bears by a 2019 petition that fell short of its target of 25,000 signatures, but did. demanded that the writers of Peppa Pig include a family of same-sex parents. on the show.

Peppa Pig is one of the most popular TV shows for young children and has won numerous British Academy Children’s Awards. The show features Peppa Pig and her family, as well as various families of other animals they are friends with,” the petition reads.

The petitioners disputed that the show does not feature same-sex families in any of the more than 250 episodes aired at the time.

“Kids watching Peppa Pig are at an impressionable age, and excluding same sex families will teach them that only families with one parent or two parents of different genders are normal,” the petition continues. “This means children of same-sex parents may feel alienated by Peppa Pig, and other children may be more likely to bully them, simply out of ignorance.”

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Before asking for signatures from supporters, the petition claimed that “Peppa Pig is not just for entertainment, children inevitably learn from it too”.

This isn’t the first time polar bear characters have appeared in the animated series. The two polar bears made a brief appearance together when they dropped Penny off for a birthday party, but nothing was referenced regarding their relationship at the time.

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