An Italian woman who shares her name with a Peppa Pig character is reportedly suing the show’s British producers.
Gabriella Capra – whose surname means “goat” in her native Italian – claims she was repeatedly mocked after a cartoon goat sporting her name appeared in an episode shown in Italy, where it is hugely successful.
In the popular children’s programme, Gabriella is the daughter of the pig family’s holiday home manager and niece of the local pizza-maker, Uncle Goat. Gabriella the goat meets Peppa and shows the porcine heroine around her village in Italy while occasionally bleating.
Unfortunately for Ms Capra, the Italian version was directly translated in the dubbed version, meaning that the character was called “Gabriella Capra” when it was shown in her home country.
Consequently, the 40-year-old is purportedly demanding €100,000 in compensation from the programme’s British production company, the London-based animation studio Astley Baker Davies.
She claims she has been “teased and made an object of scorn” since the character was introduced, according to reports in the Italian media.
In a statement issued through the Italian National Foundation of Consumers – of which she is a member – it was claimed that “ever since this episode of the cartoon came out” the real Gabriella Capra had suffered taunts from her peers.
“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,” the statement said.