Boris Johnson says Peppa Pig's dad is a stereotype... he should know

Who’s the real Daddy Pig? Boris Johnson says Peppa Pig’s father is a male stereotype. As these pictures show, he should know

  • Boris Johnson delivered bewildering speech to business leaders on Monday 
  • After losing his place in speech, he began telling CBI about Peppa Pig World 
  • Audience sat silently as Mr Johnson talked about daddy pig and stereotypes 
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson set the nation’s tongues wagging about all things pigs and bacon yesterday after a bizarre speech to business chiefs in which he praised Peppa Pig World. 

    The Prime Minister spoke at length to the CBI in South Shields about his family trip to the popular theme park – complaining that the TV character looks like a ‘hair dryer’ and Daddy Pig is a bit stereotyped.

    It followed several awkward moments when Mr Johnson was left floundering after losing his place in the rambling speech, before launching into his lengthy anecdote about Peppa Pig World. 

    Boris says Peppa’s father is a male stereotype. But, as these pictures show, he should know. So who is the daddy pig?

    Daddy Pig shows he is a whiz in the kitchen

    Boris Johnson also tries his hand flipping pancakes

    Ham-fisted: Peppa’s papa is making pancakes but will the Prime Minister get egg on his face?

    Daddy Pig works up a sweat on the treadmill

    But the Prime Minister gives Daddy Pig a run for his money

    On yer bike: He huffed and he puffed and he blew his speedometer down…

    Peppa pig twirls in the air dancing with her father

    Boris Johnson dance during a visit to the Amazon in Peru

    Twirls before swine: Strictly Daddy dancing, but would it be a ‘one’ or a ‘ten’ from Anton Du Pork?

    He's sporty and he knows it - Daddy Pig works out

    Boris Johnson spotted running in Manchester

    Who are you calling a porker? One mile in and already they’re sweating like, well..

    Daddy Pig looks perfectly relaxed while floating in the sea

    Mr Johnson swims at Carbis Bay, Cornwall during the G7 summit in June

    The whole hog: Daddy Pig basks in the sun while time crawls for Boria

    Daddy Pig prepares to score a goal

    Mr Johnson proves he still has his goal scoring skills

    They’re going to need oinkment: Please, no one tell Daddy Pig what they used to make footballs out of..

    Rolling down the hill like a roly poly

    The Prime Minister glides down a country lane

    Chop-chop: Sir Bradley Piggins has a rival. And, no, we’re not talking about you, Boris!

    Tailored Daddy Pig shows off his style

    The Prime Minister knows how to make an entrance

    Pork of the town: From pig-sty to black-tie, do Boris and Daddy Pig share the same tailor?

    Peppa and Percy: The television pigs bringing home the bacon 

    Boris Johnson’s praise this week for Peppa Pig has bewildered the nation. 

    For it turns out a sizeable portion of the population have no idea who the PM was referring to in a speech to business leaders. 

    In fact, Peppa rakes in billions — and, as Tom Rawstorne reveals, she’s not the only famous little piggy to be conquering the world…

    So let’s get this straight — which little piggies are we talking about?

    Peppa Pig and Percy pig 

    They sound sweet… 

    Well, Percy definitely is — he’s a pudgy pink sweet sold exclusively by Marks & Spencer who will turn 30 next year. Peppa’s also adorable — she’s a four-year-old cartoon girl pig who has been entertaining children since first hitting British screens in 2004. 

    How can I spot them? 

    Well, they’re pigs. Or rather anthropomorphic pigs. On Monday, Boris said dress-wearing Peppa resembled a ‘Picasso-like hairdryer’. But Percy’s squashed snout looks like he’s been chasing parked tractors. 

    Why is she called Peppa? 

    You mean apart from the alliteration? Well, her three British creators wanted Peppa — described as a ‘lovable but slightly bossy little pig’ — to be a bit ‘peppery’. She lives with Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and her little brother George. But she’s also got lots of other alliterative pals including Danny Dog and Zoe Zebra. 

    Is poor Percy all on his own? 

    Not in the slightest. Since 2018, Percy’s been married to Penny, their nuptials marked by M&S with the release of new packs of sweets featuring the couple in wedding attire (£1.65 a pack). 

    So Percy’s more than a little piggy? 

    Too right. It’s estimated ten Percy Pigs are sold every second and he rakes in £50 million a year for M&S. Not bad given that when the sweets first went on sale, some shoppers feared they’d taste of bacon. 

    What if I don’t like sweets? 

    Never fear because you can also buy Percy Pig pyjamas, Percy Pig wrapping paper, Percy Pig dog baskets and everything in between. 

    Percy’s the real Daddy Pig, then? 

    Far from it. As Boris tried to explain, in cash terms Peppa makes sausage-meat of Percy. She’s among the leading pre-school TV shows in the UK and U.S. and has been translated into 40 languages with global sales worth £1billion a year. In 2019, Entertainment One, which owned the bulk of the rights to the series, was sold off to U.S. toy giant Hasbro for £3.3billion. 

    So Boris didn’t tell porkies when he said Peppa was ‘pure genius’… 

    Definitely not — but there have been some rocky patches in the pig sty. In the first two series, Peppa and her family didn’t wear seat belts, sparking complants. Meanwhile, in Australia, home to some of the world’s most dangerous arachnids, the national broadcaster banned an episode in which Peppa reassures her brother that spiders are harmless.

    Any other hiccups? 

    Yes. Peppa has been accused of reinforcing modern stereotypes with multi-tasking Mummy Pig, while hapless Daddy Pig is the butt of family jokes. 

    But Percy’s just a sweetie, isn’t he? 

    Yes, but in 2019 Percy fans threatened a boycott after gelatine, taken from pork, was removed from the recipe and Percy became vegetarian. Some consumers claimed the new sweets were ‘soapy’. Then last year M&S was criticised over its packaging which included phrases such as ‘Made with real fruit juice’. Food campaigner Henry Dimbleby accused the company of ‘trickery’. But M&S hit back, saying its boast that Percy Pigs have no artificial flavourings was true and pointing out a range with a third less sugar had also recently been released.