ABC has banned an episode of Peppa Pig, Friendly spider not wanted on Oz TV

February 14, 2015 5:18 pm

: The ABC has banned an episode of Peppa Pig,
the popular children’s cartoon, because it featured a friendly spider
and sent an “unsuitable” message to children that the insects may not be
dangerous.
The five-minute episode, Spider’s Web, features an apparently innocuous spider called Mr Skinnylegs.
The family take a great interest in the spider and learn to avoid disturbing its web.
But
a viewer in Australia, which has some of the world’s most venomous
spiders, complained in 2012 about the episode’s message that the insects
“are not scary”.
The public broadcaster agreed the episode sent the wrong message to children and apologised for running it.

Peppa Pig and Mr Skinnylegs.
“The
ABC considered the episode unsuitable for broadcast in Australia and it
had been restricted from being aired on the ABC’s television networks,”
the broadcaster said in a response in August 2012.

“However, the episode was accidentally published online due to
a technical problem. The ABC apologised to the complainant and advised
that the episode was no longer available online.”
The complaint was reported in recent days by the local media, though it was not clear why the incident only emerged this week.
In
the banned episode, Daddy Pig is seen repeatedly picking up the spider
by a string from its web. “Don’t be scared, Mummy,” says Peppa.
Deaths
from spiders are exceedingly rare in Australia and the creatures are
less life-threatening than sharks or bees. Antivenom for most of the
more dangerous spiders has been available for decades.
But this summer Australia has reportedly seen an increase in spider-related injuries that has led to public warnings.
Last year, Sydney paramedics attended 319 spider-related incidents. There have already been 102 incidents recorded this year.
No
deaths from funnel web spiders, the most dangerous in the country, have
been recorded since an antivenom was introduced in 1981.

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