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If you are a new parent or have young siblings, you probably don't need much introduction into the world of Peppa Pig. It might be aimed at preschoolers, but the show has been something of a cultural phenomenon since it debuted over a decade ago. Just think of that, incidentally: the first kids who were into Peppa Pig are now doing their GCSEs.
The internet has always loved the wee twee pig's adventures, but of late, there has been a real growth in Peppa Pig memes.
They've generally centred around one small sequence when porcine Peppa calls up her ovine (that's a sheep, I had to google it too) mate Suzie to discuss her problems with learning how to whistle.
Suzie shows a bit of solidarity with Peppa and claims ignorance of the mere act of whistling, only to display a perfect one at the end. Peppa, in a fit of piggy pique, hangs up. As a fellow non-whistler, I'm on Peppa's side.
The Internet has really taken to the idea of hanging up when you get a piece of bad news - after Twitter user elzbthxo_ posted the clip above, $ohaib replied with a still of Peppa bringing the call to a close, captioned: "Make this a meme." Well, the memes have been flowing:
hate to call you on your off day but we're sho... pic.twitter.com/mfZbCZNwuN- Trellhammad Ali (@TrellTwice) March 20, 2018
"Hi there, just calling to confirm you were involved in an accident? Were you involved in the acci"... pic.twitter.com/EThaGklnxW- N'jadaka (@Zacprogress) March 17, 2018
"Congratulations American Express card holder! You just won a free crui-"- Stacey D :information_desk_person:♀️ (@staynsee_) March 17, 2018
Angry Peppa is now a capital letter Thing and is even being compared to the long-enduring angry Arthur fist meme.
Peppa is no stranger to being the subject of Internet debates. She has been at the centre of public safety concerns when early episodes depicted her and her mates going out for bike rides without helmets - they were later retrofitted onto the animation - and the family out for a drive in the car while none of them were wearing seatbelts.
Yes, people do sit and write letters about this and yes, they should get a life.
Some Australian viewers also objected to an episode in which Peppa befriended a spider because they thought that Aussie kids would get the message that spiders were something to be played with and not feared, although if I'm honest that's definitely something that I can get on board with.
'Stay away from Australian spiders' is solid life advice for us to be passing onto toddlers. Make that a meme.
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