The London Fire Brigade called out the popular children’s show “Peppa Pig” on Twitter for using the horribly sexist term “fireman” in one of its episodes.
Initially, the London Fire Brigade posted a picture of a Barbie doll in a fireman’s outfit with the caption “Great to have another supporter in our #FirefightingSexism campaign. Welcome Barbie!”
A Twitter user then sent the London Fire Brigade a clip from the popular children’s show, adding that “The memo didn’t reach the @Peppapig team,” because the children’s show’s narrator used the term “fireman” to describe an outfit worn by one of the characters.
The children’s show narrator simply said “Mummy piggy’s dressed as a fireman!” in the four second clip.
— Jay (@JPWR_1984) March 17, 2019
This led to the London Fire Brigade calling the show out on Twitter, saying “Come on @peppapig, we’ve not been firemen for 30 years,” and adding “Using out of date stereotypical gender specific wording prevents young girls from becoming firefighters. Join our #Firefightingsexism campaign,” with the four second clip quoted.
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 You have a huge influence on kids & using out of date stereotypical gender specific wording prevents young girls from becoming firefighters. Join our #Firefightingsexism campaign https://t.co/IRjLtqolEl
— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) March 17, 2019
The vast majority of Twitter users seem to have scoffed at the London Fire Brigade feeling the need to castigate a popular children’s show on Twitter for using a gender specific pronoun.
“Embarrassing,” wrote one user, while another British user joked “My county must have also missed the memo. I call my brother a fireman instead of firefighter and he has never corrected me.”
My county must have also missed the memo. I call my brother a fireman instead of firefighter and he has never corrected me
— Clawja (@dark_euphoria) March 18, 2019
Others said they initially thought it must have been a parody account considering the content of the London Fire Brigade’s tweet.
This is far from the first time British officials have been mocked for their social media use.
Just last week, a conservative MP in North Cornwall was roundly mocked after suggesting the solution to the nation’s epidemic of knife crime could be to fit every knife in the United Kingdom with a GPS tracker.
eBay BANS Six Dr. Seuss Books That Will No Longer Be Published Due to “Racist Images”
This is getting completely out of hand.
The hysteria continues: eBay has banned the reselling of six Dr. Seuss books that will no longer be published due to “racist imagery,” saying that these listings now violate their policies.
eBay had emailed people who put the books up for sale early Thursday morning. With a subject line titled “Your listing was removed: Offensive material policy,” eBay’s email reads as follows:
“We had to remove your listing because it didn’t follow our Offensive material policy. Listings that promote or glorify hatred, violence, or discrimination aren’t allowed.
“Dr. Seuss Enterprises has stopped publication of this book due to its negative portrayal of some ethnicities. As a courtesy, we have ended your item and refunded your selling fees, and as long as you do not relist the item, there will be no negative impact to your account. Please review our Offensive Materials Policy prohibits this item for more information [sic].
“You can’t relist items we’ve ended. Please ensure your current and future listings follow this policy.”
Example screenshot below:
The six books that Dr. Seuss Enterprises said they would no longer publish include And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, If I Ran the Zoo, McElligot’s Pool, On Beyond Zebra!, Scrambled Eggs Super!, and The Cat’s Quizzer.
Big League Politics reported Tuesday that a school district in northern Virginia stopped celebrating Dr. Seuss on Read Across America Day because of the “racial undertones” of such books. Although the district said they would not ban Dr. Seuss books from their libraries and classrooms, there’s no doubt they’ll consider removing the six books now considered irredeemably racist.
eBay is probably the first domino to fall. Expect Amazon and others to follow suit.
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