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A Peppa Pig Episode About Spiders Being Harmless Was Banned in Australia, Where Spiders Are Not Always Harmless

By Nina / vendredi 8 septembre 2017 12:30
Officials were worried that the episode, in which Peppa plays with a spider named Mr. Skinny Legs, would encourage children to play with spiders. That would be fine with household spiders in most of the US or Britain, but in Australia, it’s a recipe for an FML.

When I think of things that might be inappropriate to a young audience, I think of gore, sexuality, and violence.

I don’t think of cartoon insects.

But life is upside down in the land of Oz, where toilets flush in the opposite direction and helping children get over a fear of spiders is absolutely unacceptable.

Why exactly is this a problem?

Many parents complained the episode encouraged children to pick up and play with spiders. Harmless enough, except in Australia, home to some of the world’s biggest and deadliest spiders. Like these:

 

The Sydney Funnel Web Spider, the world’s most poisonous spider.

  

 

The Mouse Spider, which is less cute than it sounds.

 

 

The Huntsman Spider, which measure up to a foot long.

 

No joke, right? Of course you don’t want your child to grow up with an irrational fear, but when it comes to these spiders, the fear is totally rational, which is why the episode was taken off of air for the first time back in 2012.

But on August 25th, the episode was aired on a paid TV network owned by Foxtel, who told one concerned mother, “the context of the way the spider is portrayed in the episode lessens any impact of scariness or danger; the spider does not look real, it has a smiley face and is shown in context of a show with other talking animals.” 

EXCEPT NO. 

Mr. Skinny Legs doesn’t just have a smile. He has teeth. Human teeth. That alone would be enough to freak child-me out. All that is beside the point this mother was trying to make, though, which is that the episode promoted dangerous interaction with spiders.

What kind of interaction, you ask.

Here are some of the things Peppa and George do with Mr. Skinny Legs:

  • Grab him by his web
  • Tuck him into bed
  • Feed him tea and cake

Now ask yourself, would you want to do any of those things with THIS:

Nope. I don’t think so. Playtime’s over, Mr. Skinny Legs.

As this is among the most comical television controversies ever, Australians of Twitter came out of the woodwork to back up the decision.

Okay, guys. Message received. I’m not even in Australia, but you can rest assured tea time with the arachnids is not on the agenda for me.  

Feel free to watch the entire five-minute episode here: 

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By  tonyfan00  |  37

Honestly, IMO Australia is one of the few places in the world where, regardless of where or how you live, owning a shotgun is considered a basic nesesesity​...have you people SEEN some of the shit that lives down there!?

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By  tonyfan00  |  37

Honestly, IMO Australia is one of the few places in the world where, regardless of where or how you live, owning a shotgun is considered a basic nesesesity​...have you people SEEN some of the shit that lives down there!?

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  spoon69x  |  3

Unfortunately, our federal government (in all it's wisdom) has made it impossible for the vast majority of the population to own any sort of firearm. Go figure....

By  joonsson  |  16

Nobody has died from a spider bite in Australia for something like 50 years. Teaching people not to be scared of spiders seems like a good thing, as they do still cause deaths because people panic when they see one in their car and crash. The deadly spiders almost always use a dry bite in humans as the venom is costly to produce. And even if you do get bit there's antivenom for that.

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  spoon69x  |  3

The Daddy Longlegs is the only natural predator of the Redback spider. It uses it's long legs to take the egg sac out of the Redback web and eats it. The Redback spider is related to the American Black Widow spider.

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