Beloved Aussie cartoon Bluey tops the US streaming charts, becoming one of the most watched shows – after facing backlash for controversial ‘fat-shaming’ episode
The beloved Aussie cartoon Bluey has topped the streaming charts in the US
In April, the kids’ show was the most-streamed acquired series in America, according to one Nielsen report – with viewers watching a whopping 737 million minutes of the program.
Bluey also topped the list of most-streamed series, coming in sixth behind hit reality TV show Love is Blind and Netflix hit Beef.
The good news comes after the ABC agreed to recut a controversial episode of the cartoon due to viewer pressure.
The beloved animated series about a dog family got into trouble with fans last month over a “fat-shaming” scene.
Beloved Aussie cartoon Bluey tops the streaming charts in the U.S. In April, the kids’ show was the most-streamed acquired series in America, according to a Nielsen report — with viewers watching a staggering 737 million minutes of the program
The offending moment, only seconds long, was edited by the show’s producers, Ludo Studios, with the backing of the national broadcaster. TV black box.
The controversy centered around the Exercise episode, in which Bluey’s father Bandit decided he needed to get fit after complaining about his expanding stomach.
Some parents were disappointed by what they saw as “toxic” messages.
Bluey also topped the most-streamed series list, coming in sixth behind hit reality TV show Love is Blind and Netflix hit Beef
Critics of the scene said it sparked anxiety about body image rather than the health benefits of exercise.
Meanwhile, an ABC spokesperson said: “The new version gives families the ability to manage important conversations in their own way.
“As the home of Bluey, the ABC supports the decision to re-edit the program and we have updated the episode on our platforms.”
The good news comes after the ABC agreed to recut a controversial episode of the cartoon due to viewer pressure. The beloved animated series about a dog family landed fans in hot water last month over a ‘fat-shaming’ scene
Today, hosts Karl Stefanovic and Sarah Abo came out to defend the show against viewer backlash.
Speaking about the divisive issue on the breakfast show, 48-year-old Karl told critics to “leave it alone.”
‘Can you believe this, I think that’s just fantastic. I mean, it’s kind of Australiana,’ he said.
“It’s set in households across Australia and all these influencers are now coming out and saying, ‘Oh, Bluey is fat-shaming, it’s disgusting.’ Let it rest!’
Karl went on to say that the episode sends out “a really good message” before adding that he’s “tired of these influencers.”
Co-host Sarah, 37, agreed, saying: “There’s nothing more you can say or do.”
Today, hosts Karl Stefanovic and Sarah Abo came out to defend the show against viewer backlash