Piñatas are among the more sacred of rituals at a kid’s birthday party, as they encompass two things every child loves: candy and destruction. But a recent piñata busting took a tragic albeit slightly hilarious turn when, in a cruel twist of fate, a mascot dressed as Peppa Pig was forced to watch in terror as a young girl savagely annihilated a Peppa Pig piñata.
While the little girl’s friends and family cheered her on with each impressive swing, the mascot looked decidedly less enthused at what he or she was witnessing. Despite not being able to see the face behind the mask, the video beautifully captures the pig’s horror as the lookalike effigy is destroyed.
The incident raises a bigger question: Why do piñatas look like people or animals anyway? And, specifically, why characters that the stick-wielding kids love? Granted, nobody would argue against smashing something with a stick until it spews candy ⏤ that’s fun as hell ⏤ but it is a little odd that the items being demolished resemble a kid’s favorite cartoon character, like Peppa Pig or Spongebob Squarepants.
Maybe as a rebrand, piñatas should instead look ⏤ as they do during political revolutions or sports losses ⏤ like things people hate. It’s a win-win for everyone, as every child will love the opportunity to beat the crap out of a giant piñata of broccoli or homework and birthday-party mascots will no longer have to watch their doppelganger get the Lord of the Flies treatment.