A far-right Italian politician has called for an episode of the children’s television series Peppa Pig be banned in the country.
The episode, titled “Families,” aired Tuesday (September 6) in the UK. It is noteworthy that it introduces the characters of two co-parenting lesbian polar bears.
Federico Mollicone, a member of the right-wing Italian political party Brothers of Italy, which is expected to win the general election this month, said the episode’s airing in Italy was “unacceptable”.
“Once again, the politically correct has struck at the expense of our children. Can’t kids just be kids?” he said La Stampa (as reported by The guard).
“We ask Rai, which buys the rights to the Peppa Pig series in Italy for a fee from all Italians, not to air the episode in question on any channel or web platform.”
It is not yet known when the episode will be broadcast in Italy.
The new characters are the parents of the already established ones Peppa Pig character Penny. “I live with my mom and my other mom,” she says in the episode. “A mom is a doctor and a mom cooks spaghetti.”
They make up the first female same-sex couple to star on the popular children’s show, which has been running for 18 years.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/peppa-pig-lesbian-italy-politician-ban-b2164260.html Peppa Pig: Italian politician calls for ban on episode of children’s series starring lesbian polar bears