Bluey episode banned due to inappropriate content: 'Tragic'

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Much-loved children’s show Bluey is facing fresh controversy after fans discovered that an episode had disappeared from streaming services in America.

Disney+ hasn’t made the episode ‘Family Meeting’ from season three available on the streaming platform, and fans are furious with the decision.

Bluey, Bandit and Bingo on the children's show
Fans are furious that 'Family Meeting' isn't available to watch in the US. Photo: Instagram/officialblueytv

The episode revolves around a family meeting that takes place after dad Bandit Heeler is accused of farting in daughter Bluey’s face.

According to an email sent to Pirates and Princesses, a Disney Branded Television representative revealed that the episode ‘didn’t meet guidelines’ for their US platforms.

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However, due to the backlash, the representative admitted they will likely get the episode online at some point.

“‘Family Meeting’ will roll out on U.S platforms soon. Some of the ‘Bluey’ content did not meet Disney Junior broadcast S&P in place at the time the series was acquired.

"Now that it is rolling out on other platforms, it is a great opportunity to reevaluate which is what we plan to do,” the email read.

Bandit, Chilli, Bluey and Bingo on the TV show
An article has described Bluey's father as a 'bully' and 'bad dad'. Photo: Instagram/officialblueytv

When Bluey fans realised why ‘Family Meeting’ wasn’t available, they were quick to slam the network on social media.

“Alas, Disney+ has cut the Bluey season three episode, ‘Family Meeting’, where Bandit gets put on trial for farting in Bluey’s face. An entire episode of fart jokes is apparently too risqué for our sensitive eyes. F**king prudes,” one fan tweeted.

“Okay but the fact that some countries can’t watch the ‘Family Meeting’ episode of Bluey is absolutely tragic. That is PEAK Aussie humour at its finest,” another added.

“I am going on a hunger strike until we get the ‘Family Meeting’ episode of Bluey,” joked a fan.

“You really don’t think my kids can handle an episode about FARTS?! Leave that decision up to me. GIVE ME WHAT I’M PAYING FOR! Don’t rob us of a Bluey episode because you’re all a bunch of prudes!” a fourth chimed in.

Bluey character sparks viral debate

This comes after dad Bandit was accused of being a ‘bully’ with a ‘dark side’.

An opinion piece published in The Conversation in June sparked some backlash, as the writers debated if Bandit really is a “loveable larrikin” or possibly just a “bad dad”.

The writers are two lecturers from the University of Southern Queensland, who have published many novels, plays and poetry between them.

Fans quickly slammed the article as ‘rubbish’, with parents saying that it’s more ‘dangerous’ to have a character seen as ‘perfect’ rather than the relatable Bandit.

Bandit with his two children Bluey and Bingo
Passionate fans have defended beloved dad Bandit. Photo: Instagram/officialblueytv

The pair delve into the character and his ‘darker side’, with one paragraph reading: “Bandit never strays far from the reductive stereotype of the Australian larrikin: the likeable roguish male stuck between childhood and adulthood whose disrespect of authority and rough-and-ready masculinity reflects Australia’s emotional attachment to the working-class underdog.”

Fans defended Bluey with many accusing the authors of ‘cherry-picking’ to suit their angle.

“These authors have really missed the point of Bandit’s larrikinisms. Each episode where those problematic behaviours are on display serves to challenge them and demonstrate that traditional masculinity is a block to play and fun. Bandit always overcomes these blocks by letting go of the need to be ‘manly’,” one commented.

"It’s that time of year again. That’s right, it’s time to cancel Bandit from Bluey," another wrote.

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