British kids’ cartoon Peppa Pig isn’t normally a show you’d associate with controversy — but in Australia it’s a whole different story.
An episode of the show that revolves around Peppa discovering a spider in the sink — the brilliantly named “Mr Skinny Legs” — has now been pulled from Australian TV not once, but twice.
The episode has drummed up controversy because of its implication that spiders are harmless.
“There’s no need to be afraid, Peppa,” says Daddy Pig at one point in the episode. “Spiders are very, very small, and they can’t hurt you.”
This may be the case in Britain, but in Australia — as we’ve seen plenty of times before — it’s a whole different ball game.
The first complaint came when the episode aired back in 2012:
After the episode was aired again recently on Nick Jr, a fresh complaint was made.
The channel initially fought back, describing the episode as “light-hearted, friendly and very mild in impact”, according to the Guardian.
But after the media got involved, they responded by saying they’d pulled it.