Peppa Pig has introduced its first same-sex couple.
According to CNN The landmark moment arrived during an episode entitled “Families,” which aired on Channel 5 in the UK on Tuesday.
In the short scene, Peppa’s classmate Penny Polar Bear talks about her two mommies and what makes each special.
While drawing a picture of her family — two polar bears in dresses — Penny says: “I’m Penny Polar Bear. I live with my mommy and my other mommy. One mommy is a doctor and one mommy cooks spaghetti. I love spaghetti.”
The episode divided viewers.
While many welcomed the inclusion, some did not support the introduction of the same-sex couple.
British safeguarding organization Safe Schools Alliance tweeted: “Really nice to see age appropriate representation of same sex couples on @peppapig with Penny & her two mummies.”
Another viewer tweeted: “That’s the end of the Peppa Pig phenomenon. What a shame. Education, not indoctrination.”
Broadcast in 180 countries and translated into 40 languages, “Peppa Pig” has become a global phenomenon since it burst, oinking, onto screens in 2004. The franchise has toys, clothing lines and even its own tourist attraction: Peppa Pig World.
In 2019, campaigners launched a petition calling on the writers of “Peppa Pig” to include a same-sex parent family, to make it more inclusive for all children.
The petition, which attracted more than 23,000 signatures, stated: “Children watching Peppa Pig are at an impressionable age, and excluding same-sex families will teach them that only families with either a single parent or two parents of different sexes are normal.
“This means that children of same-sex parents may feel alienated by Peppa Pig, and that other children may be more likely to bully them, simply through ignorance.
“Peppa Pig is not just for entertainment, children are inevitably learning from it too.”
Well what do you know? My kids saw the first same-sex couple on Peppa Pig and the world didn’t end. Penny Polar Bear said she lives with her ‘mummy and her other mummy’ and the four horsemen of the apocalypse didn’t came storming over the horizon to bring humanity to a close. pic.twitter.com/dtcHMDXJt5
— Simon Harris – #LovelyBitOfSquirrel (@simonharris_mbd) September 7, 2022
Peppa pig has or is about to introduce a new friend with mummy and mummy!! I mean FFS ! I have no problem with LGBT etc but what I do have a problem with is this shit being drummed into them when they’re toddlers , stop confusing them and let them be kids.
— Russell Lloyd (@RussellLloyd69) September 7, 2022
You should be ashamed if you are a grown adult, with children, and you are upset about Peppa Pig Lmao
Your children will meet gay people, and children raised by gay people.
You are only doing yourself and your child a disservice, limiting their outlook on life.
— ❄️ (@mytvtweets_) September 7, 2022
Saw peppa pig was trending and its cause a character has been introduced that has 2 mums and full grown adults are kicking off, bloody hell it’s a show about a cartoon pig get a grip ♀️
— Jade ️ (@JadeTandy96) September 7, 2022
Peppa pig is trending bc right wingers are losing it over a polar bear having two mums
How are you getting offended by a children’s program get a grip
— Cherry (@cherryurio) September 7, 2022