‘Peppa Pig taught my toddler to use the F-word’: Mum’s shock after two-year-old’s foul outburst
Kiannah Cox, two, blurted out the the words ‘f***ing gazelles’ after copying what she heard in an episode of the TV show
- 10:47, 10 MAR 2014
- Updated 17:41, 10 MAR 2014
A toddler shocked her family by shouting out the F-word after hearing it on children’s cartoon show Peppa Pig.
Innocent Kiannah Cox, two, blurted out the the words f***ing gazelles after copying what she heard in an episode of the TV show.
And her disgruntled mum Natalie, 30, has hit out at the creators of the popular Peppa Pig show.
The offending episode, titled Madame Gazelle’s Leaving Party features on a DVD boxset Natalie brought for her Peppa Pig-mad daughter.
In the TV broadcast of the show it sounds like Rocking Gazelle’s but on the DVD it sounds like something else altogether.
Ashley Baker Davies, creators of Peppa Pig, said any misunderstanding was unintentional .
But mum-of-four Natalie said: I couldn’t believe my ears when Kiannah came out with theF-word.
It was a bit awkward because she kept saying it over and over again as toddlers do when they learn a new word.
Peppa Pig is supposed to be educational – but I don’t want my children learning words like that.
Natalie asked her son Isaac,11, where Kiannah had picked up the word from and he pointed to the Peppa Peg DVD Natalie had recently bought.
Full-time mum Natalie, of Fairwater, Cardiff, said: I took the children out of the room and put the DVD in the machine.
One of the characters, Mr Rabbit, clearly says He played guitar with the f**ing gazelles
I don’t know if someone making the DVD thought it was funny – but how on earth did it get past the show’s editors and producers?
Impressionable babies and toddlers who are learning to talk don’t know any better. They just copy words they hear.
Kiannah has blurted it out once or twice in front of other people – it is highly embarrassing.
All I could think is what must people think of me?
The bedroom Kiannah shares with her twin sister Ebony is decked out with wall-to-wall Peppa Pig merchandise.
The toddler became a huge fan of the colourful cartoon after Natalie, organised a Peppa Pig party for the girls’ 2nd birthday last year.
Protective Natalie said: Kiannah adores her toys from the show and lines them all up to play.
I used to encourage her to copy from the programme – it was cute to hear her learning new words like George, Peppa and Dinosaur.
What I didn’t expect was for her to learn f**k and start saying it around the house.
I bought the DVD knowing it would keep her occupied if I needed five minutes to do some housework.
Usually I vet films or TV that the kids will watch to make sure it’s suitable but I never dreamed there would be any need for me to worry with Peppa Pig.
I feel let down by a popular show that I’ve put a lot of my money into.
Kiannah has the curtains, bedspread, lampshades and all the toys, I’ve spent hundreds of pounds all together and taken her to Peppa Pig world.
I always like to make sure she has everything she likes from the show.
I feel like this is no way for the company to repay parents for their commitment to the show.
It’s disgusting that a mistake like this was allowed to slip through the net.
Comedian John Sparkes, who voices Mr Rabbit on the hit kids’ show, said that the situation was very weird.
I can only assume there’s been some sort of error in the production process because there’s absolutely no way anyone, least of all myself, could have got away with saying something like that during an actual recording.
There are just too many people listening in the studio at any given time for a thing like that to slip through, added the Swansea dad-of -two, famous for shows like Naked Video and Barry Welsh Is Coming.
I’ve listened back to the clip myself and the offending phrase really doesn’t sound like an English word at all, more German.
That said, I really must apologise if anyone was upset by what they heard.