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London firefighters’ organization accuses ‘Peppa Pig’ of sexism

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The London Fire Brigade is criticizing the children’s show Peppa Pig for using gendered language to refer to firefighters.

The London Fire Brigade posted a tweet on Sunday promoting a firefighter Barbie doll and using the hashtag #FirefightingSexism, saying, “She’s coming to the rescue, helping girls & boys to imagine everything they can become by joining the Brigade.” In the replies, a user shared a clip from the Peppa Pig, in which the narrator says, “Mummy Pig is dressed as a fireman.”

The London Fire Brigade shared the clip, saying, “Come on @peppapig, we’ve not been firemen for 30 years. You have a huge influence on kids & using out of date stereotypical gender specific wording prevents young girls from becoming firefighters.”

While many folks agreed, some felt that the London Fire Brigade was taking aim at the wrong target. First off, the episode the clip is from is 10 years old. Secondly, despite using “fireman” in the short clip, the episode and it’s associated story book actually features many women firefighters.

Conservative commentator and Twitter troll Piers Morgan, never missing an opportunity to say that women aren’t fit for certain work, tweeted that if women are put off from firefighting by the word “fireman,” they “probably don’t have what it takes to fight fires.” The London Fire Brigade responded, saying, “If you respect our work, then get our name right.”

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Alex Dalbey

Alex Dalbey

Alex Dalbey is a writer and zinester currently working out of St. Paul, Minnesota. They have bylines at The Daily Dot, Kill Screen, and Bullet Points. Follow them on Twitter @thedialogtree