Cartoon icon Peppa Pig has been banned from a Chinese video app after being deemed a subversive icon. Well, the cartoon has proven popular among Chinese children ever since it launched in the country in 2015, though it has also gained traction among adults and made its way into countercultural memes. More than 30,000 videos of the popular kids' character have been removed from the app Douyin alongside the hashtag #Peppa Pig, the state-run Why?District Judge Maxwell said he did not like rats any more than the next man and there was nothing wrong with killing them humanely.“To put a rat in with a ferret would have been entirely terrifying for the creature and I find it disgusting,” said district judge Maxwell.“In the video, one of the men can be heard shouting at the rat: ‘That’s disgusting, I hate them, f***ing rodent b***ards.
The video lasted two minutes and showed a wild rat being put in a cage with a ferret.
He said pitting the ferret against the rat was like pitting a sabre tooth tiger against a two-year-old child.
Varey, 27, of Blascomay Square, Colne, pleaded guilty to being present at an animal fight and causing unnecessary suffering and breaching an animal banning order by keeping dogs.
Notably, however, it has become entwined with the "society people" subculture, which is a term used to describe young people less well off and that this group "run counter to the mainstream value and are usually poorly educated with no stable job", adding: "They are unruly slackers roaming around and the antithesis of the young generation the Party tries to cultivate."It claimed that the cartoon has taken on a "subversive" life of its own, the site reporting how some experts believe Peppa's popularity "demonstrates the social psychology of hunting for novelty and spoofing, which could potentially hamper positive societal morale".
Peppa Pig is not the only western children's character to be censored in China, with Winnie the Pooh 'blacklisted' last year after comparisons between the iconic bear and President Xi Jinping.
“The men tip and shake the hutch to try to encourage the animals to fight.