Peppa Pig mucky language claim

Last updated 08:07 11/03/2014
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Beloved cartoon character Peppa Pig has come under fire for teaching children mucky language.

The discovery was made when a Cardiff toddler shocked her parents by regularly using the F-word, The Daily Mail reported

Natalie Cox had bought her daughter, Kiannah, a Peppa Pig DVD for Christmas.

In an episode named End of Term Party, Grandpa Rabbit tells Daddy Pig about Peppa's school teacher Madame Gazelle, who used to play in a pop group. He says the name of the rock band, the "Rocking Gazelles".

But Cox claims his pronunciation sounds more like "f****** gazelles", which is what her daughter has been repeating.

"My childminder came home from shopping with Kiannah one day and told me that had been saying f****** when she saw Peppa toys in a shop," Cox said.

Two-year-old Kiannah could only say a handful of words, so it was all the more shocking one of her first words was the F-word, she said.

She called for the DVD to be pulled from sale.

"You don't expect language like that in a Peppa Pig DVD, it's disgusting," she said.

"Nice things are supposed to come out of children's mouths, not that."

A Peppa Pig spokesman told The Guardian any misunderstanding was unintentional.

This latest scandal comes as the cartoon porker experiences a recent run of bad press.

In New Zealand last month, viewers of Peppa Pig on Channel Four were shocked when the cartoon was interrupted by the image of a woman with her hands down her pants.

Last year the Peppa Pig World Facebook page was hacked, and abusive messages telling children to "go to hell" were posted in Peppa's name.

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