Bluey, a popular Australian children’s show, has re-edited an episode following concerns that the content could be fatshaming.
Bluey, a co-production of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and BBC Studios is set in Australia. It is the story of a blue heeler pup named Bluey, her sister Bingo, and her parents Bandit & Chilli.
In the episode Exercise, Bluey’s parents, Chilli & Bandit, complain about their need to exercise in order to lose weight.
Bandit weighs himself in the show and says: “Oh, man… I need to exercise”.
Chilli replies “tell me all about it” and Bluey asks, “why don’t we just get some exercise?”
Parents and health professionals expressed concern after the episode was broadcast in Australia that it sent potentially harmful messages about weight to children.
One parent posted on Facebook: “With 1 in 5 children showing signs of disordered feeding, I expected more …”,, while other parents were “appalled”, about the “fatphobic message”.
ABC’s spokesperson said that the recent episode of Bluey, Exercise, was republished following a decision made by the creators of the show. The new version allows families to have important conversations their way.
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The ABC, as the home of Bluey supports the decision to edit the show and has updated the episode across our platforms.
“BBC Studios will use the revised version to distribute globally and support this decision.”
The decision has met with favour, with one parent posting on Facebook: “Well done Bluey production team for listening/recognising the problem and making the change. “I’m looking forward to watching the movie with my son this evening.”