Saturday, 16 September 2017

Ah, Australia.....

....where the spiders are a bit more incy-wincy than the UK. Or at least just more wincy:
An episode of popular children’s cartoon Peppa Pig has been pulled in Australia for a second time after parents complained it encouraged youngsters to play with dangerous spiders.
 Wait, what?!
The 2004 episode Mister Skinny Legs was removed from online viewing by ABC in 2012 after regulators found it sent the “inappropriate” message that spiders were harmless.
In the episode, a terrified Peppa Pig is told by her father that spiders are very small and “can’t hurt you” before the cartoon pig picks the spider up and tucks it into bed.
*gulp*


"Any chance of a mug of cocoa too...?"
Nick Jr originally defended the decision to air the episode after a mother complained to the channel, saying the episode is “light-hearted, friendly and very mild in impact”.
After contact from Australian media, Nick Jr agreed to remove the programme.
Thus proving the most deadly creature in Oz is a member of the MSM...

5 comments:

Michael said...

I've collected over sixty conkers, and now there won't be a spider anywhere near The Turrets forever...

jack ketch said...

Is it cos I's black said the widow?

Anonymous said...

Having seen the effects of certain spider bites on adults as well as children in Australia, I can quite understand the concern. Can't wait for the one where Daddy Pig tells Peppa that piranha are dinky little fish and throws a couple in her bath.
Penseivat

Anonymous said...

I actually think that they do have a point. A TV show that teaches little Australians that spiders are friendly and harmless could have potentially fatal consequences. Even given that parents should be monitoring their little ones' viewing and explaining to them that spiders are friendly where Peppa lives but not here, I wouldn't want to be held responsible for making that show available when some kid gets bitten.

Stonyground

JuliaM said...

"I've collected over sixty conkers, and now there won't be a spider anywhere near The Turrets forever..."

I have four cats... ;)

"Is it cos I's black said the widow?"

LOL!

"Having seen the effects of certain spider bites on adults as well as children in Australia, I can quite understand the concern."

A disclaimer would have done the trick!

"I wouldn't want to be held responsible for making that show available when some kid gets bitten."

Then a disclaimer would be the smart thing to do?