Sir Ian McKellen wants a gay pig called Ian on children’s TV
Sir Ian McKellen says he would love there to be a gay character on Peppa Pig… called Ian.
Speaking to PinkNews earlier this month, the veteran actor weighed in after a number of leading politicians called for better representation of gay characters on children’s TV shows.
“Peppa Pig – I’ve got the series but I haven’t actually got round to watching it yet.
He added: “When I heard that kids in primary school are being taught about homosexuality I gasped and thought aren’t they a bit young?
“Well that just shows how old fashioned I am. Kids at that age have no problem with it, at all. They just understand love.”
Asked whether the gay character could be called Ian, he replied: “I’d love that!”
He might be having second thoughts given recent news stories about pigs, however.
Labour’s Yvette Cooper said previously: “I think it’d be great fun.
“The whole point is that actually, for kids growing up – the whole point is for people to celebrating and understanding same-sex relationships because this is the rest of the world around you. This is normal life.”