With an increasingly diverse society, theres no doubt that the need for different groups in society to be represented in media has increased over the years as well.
And it seems like its the case even for cartoons nowadays, with the well-known British cartoon show Peppa Pig taking a step forth to feature its very first same-sex couple in the show.
First Pair of Mothers on Peppa Pig
The pair made their debut just this Tuesday (6 September) when the United Kingdoms (UKs) Channel 5 broadcasted an episode where a Polar Bear named Penny told her friend Peppa Pig that she has "two mummies."
In the episode titled "Families", Penny also draws a drawing of herself and her mummies holding hands and tells Peppa that one of her mothers is a doctor.
"I live with my mummy and my other mummy," she adds in the episode.
Peppa Pigs Fame and Criticism
As many of us may know, Peppa Pig is about, well, a pig. (Duh.)
But jokes aside, the popular cartoon show, which captures the life of Peppa, who is four years old, as well as her family, has clearly been an absolute hit across the entire world.
Since the programme began almost twenty years ago, Entertainment One, its production company, has shared that Peppa Pig has been translated into 40 languages and has been shown in more than 180 different countries and territories.
However, Peppa Pig has also faced its fair share of scrutiny despite its fame.
In particular, viewers have expressed their displeasure regarding how the show has "reinforced gender stereotypes" since it features a nuclear family that has a father who acts as the sole breadwinner, as well as a stay-at-home mother.
As for the debut of the first same-sex couple on Peppa Pig, this issue was first brought to the publics attention after a petition regarding how the show should include same-sex parents was created in 2019.
Since then, over 25,000 people have signed the petition.
According to the petition, "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.
"Peppa Pig is not just for entertainment, children are inevitably learning from it too."