Peppa Pig has achieved gay icon status with debut album, says Twitter
Twitter fans of the animated children’s series Peppa Pig are claiming that the titular character has achieved gay icon status.
The queer pandemonium comes following the release of Peppa Pig’s debut album on Friday (July 19)—a 16-track, feel-good record crammed with uplifting bangers.
It all kicked off when Australian rapper Iggy Azalea tweeted that the cute pig’s record clashed with the release date of her second album, In My Defense.
“It’s over for me now,” she wrote on July 16.
Peppa Pig’s debut album clashes with Iggy Azalea record
LGBT+ social media fans quickly jumped on Peppa’s oink-heavy record—called My First Album—on release day, citing the many ways that her music resonates with the queer community.
“Peppa Pig said gay rights,” said one person, alongside a screenshot of the aptly-named song ‘Rainbow,Rainbow’ on My First Album.
Another Twitter user noted the LGBT+ artists listed beside the album in the “fans also like” section on Spotify.
These include SOPHIE, Rina Sawayama and Slayyyter.
“Peppa pig related artists page is something else lol,” they wrote.
Peppa Pig related artists on Spotify include LGBT+ musicians SOPHIE, and Rina Sawayama
A third Twitter user commented on how the character’s gay listeners has meant that the Peppa Pig Radio station on Spotify is now filled with LGBT+ musicians or gay icons, like Hayley Kiyoko, Azealia Banks—and even, the fictional singer Ashley O, played by Miley Cyrus, from the fifth season of Black Mirror.
Lyrically, the album is packed with sentences about battling through adversity and finding strength in friendship.
“Me and you and you and me, friends forever we will be,” sings Peppa in ‘Peppa And Friends.’
In ‘Super Potato’s Theme’, Peppa croons: “They make me fierce, they make me strong.”
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While the song may be about her love for vegetables, it could be interpreted in any number of ways by her queer fans—perhaps even to echo the sentiment of Cher’s ‘Believe.’
They make me fierce, they make me strong.
The character from the long-running children’s series even seems to put forward the moniker for a new drag queen: Madame Gazelle.
Peppa also encourages listeners to dance whatever the weather, a sure-fire way to appeal to her LGBT+ followers.
“Dance, dance dance in muddy puddles—Splish, splash, splosh, splish, splash,” she sings in ‘Jumping in Muddy Puddles.’
The release of Peppa’s debut album comes after more than 17,000 people signed a petition in May calling for producers to introduce a family with LGBT+ members on the show.
“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,” the petition’s creators Beth G and Lacey K wrote.
“This means that children of same-sex parents may feel alienated by Peppa Pig, and that other children may be more likely to bully them, simply through ignorance.”
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