Wednesday 17 January 2018

Spider episode of Peppa Pig taken off air in Australia after viewers complain

Lamiat Sabin

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has banned an episode of Peppa Pig because it sends the wrong message about spiders.

The “Spider Web” episode of the cartoon is to never be shown on Australian television again as it seemingly sends the wrong message to children about spiders.

The five minute-long cartoon features a friendly creepy-crawly called Mr Skinnylegs, who Mummy Pig is scared of and will not let stay in the house – although the rest of the family bond with it.

Viewers complained over comments made to Peppa Pig's mother telling her to “not be scared” of the arachnid.

Some species of spider are highly-feared in Australia due to their ability to inflict pain or even death.

“Don’t be scared, Mummy,” says Peppa before Daddy Pig takes Mr Skinnylegs by the string of his web to evict him to the garden.

He then says: “It’s hard work weaving a web, that’s why you must never ever break one. If you do, the spider has to do all the work again.”

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation agreed that the episode was “unsuitable” for children as it sends the wrong message about spiders.

Australia is home to some of the most dangerous spiders in the world, which are known to seriously or fatally wound people.

There have been 27 recorded deaths in the past 100 years caused by spider bites.

Independent News Service

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