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Peppa Pig should be gay says Fine Gael TD

Published 02/07/2015 | 10:14

Peppa Pig
Peppa Pig
Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer
Family fun: Peppa pig (centre) with Daddy Pig and little brother George
Push push, glide: When it comes to both roller skating and free time, it's a question of adopting Peppa Pig's mantra

A Fine Gael TD has suggested that popular children’s television character Peppa Pig should be gay.

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Jerry Buttimer, a TD for Cork South Central, believes that much loved characters like Peppa are an opportunity to normalise the LGBT community to young children.

“The curriculum here has changed to reflect diversity and inclusivity of our population and I think any attempt to normalise the LGBT community will be welcomed,” Jerry told The Star.

The TD was responding to UK politician Norman Lamb’s suggestion that gay characters should be more prominent in children’s television.

Mr Lamb, a contender for Liberal Democrat leadership, said that having the lack of same-sex couples on children’s television suggests that there is a ‘limit’ to gay rights.

He called out for television and production companies to promote gay characters in a greater way.

Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer
Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer
Peppa Pig
Family fun: Peppa pig (centre) with Daddy Pig and little brother George
Push push, glide: When it comes to both roller skating and free time, it's a question of adopting Peppa Pig's mantra

Meanwhile, Mr Buttimer, revealed that making characters like Peppa gay will help build “normalisation and socialisation” around members of the LGBT community.

“The Government has led the way here in the way we change the curriculum and we have a massive programme on homophobic bullying,” he said.

“I think over time we will see the normalisation and the socialisation around it. I’m sure cartoons will eventually do that.

“You see it in many soap operas and TV programmes how the LGBT community have been normalised over the years and I think the same will apply in a wide variety of outlets in terms of educating young people,” he said.

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