British cartoon show Peppa Pig is being sued by an Italian woman alleging that a cartoon goat featured in the show has caused her embarrassment at work as she shares the same name.
Gabriella Capra is seeking damages of £80k from the creators of the show over its Gabriella Goat character (Capra is Italian for goat) after allegedly being subjected to a tirade of jokes in the office with colleagues bleating at her.
One offending episode, ‘Holiday in the Sun’, features the central characters, a family of pigs, on holiday in Italy whereupon they encounter Gabriella Goat.
In the popular children’s cartoon Goat says: “Hello. I am Gabriella Goat. Baaa,’before guiding Peppa to her Uncle’s restaurant to be served pizza.
Unimpressed with the exchange the Italian national foundation of consumers said in a statement: “ever since this episode of the cartoon came out the real Gabriella Capra had suffered taunts from her peers. She had subsequently decided to protect her name by asking for compensation, it added, but would donate any money awarded to charity.
“Through us, therefore, our member has submitted a request of €100,000 in damages to the English company, and any resulting sum will be entirely donated to voluntary associations looking after abandoned children.”