Peppa Pig has introduced its first same-sex couple to the beloved children’s cartoon. In an episode called “Families” that aired on Tuesday night, Peppa’s classmate Penny Polar Bear revealed that she has two mommies while drawing a photo of her family. The photo contained two bears wearing dresses.
- Penny introduced her two mommies quite casually. For most children with same-sex parents, it’s completely normal and nothing extraordinary or strange. Why should it be? In “Families,” Penny described her family with loving admiration. “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,” she said in the clip.
- This is the first time there’s been a same-sex couple on Peppa Pig. The series has been running since 2004, but it’s taken 18 years for a same-sex couple to be introduced. However, better late than never. Representation matters, and letting kids see families that look like theirs is a wonderful thing.
- People have been petitioning for this for years. Back in 2019, a petition was launched to include a same-sex parented family on Peppa Pig. “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,” the petition read. “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.” Nearly 24,000 people signed it.
- Of course, not everyone has welcomed the change. Sadly, homophobia is still rampant around the world, and many have hit back at the decision to include a lesbian couple on the children’s cartoon. However, given how discriminatory and ridiculous their accusations are, we won’t be printing them here.