Gender Swapping Cartoon Character Causes Controversy

A new animated children’s show, SheZow, features a superhero in a purple skirt, pink gloves, and white go-go boots. His name is Guy.

1. Children’s TV Network The Hub has a new animated series with an unusual super-herioine named SheZow.

2. Unusual because SheZow is actually the alter-ego of a 12-year-old boy named Guy.

3. On the show, Guy inherits a magic ring that allows him to transform when he says, “You go, girl!”

4. Some have criticized the show’s content. Ben Shapiro posted on conservative blog breitbart:

The chief executive of the Hub, who may or may not have been high (and leftist) when she greenlit this project, is Margaret Loesch. Loesch commented, “When I first heard about the show, my reaction was ‘Are you out of your minds?’ Then I looked at it and I thought, ‘This is just funny.’”

5. The New York Daily News reported on response to the backlash:

…a spokesman for GLAAD fired back that criticizing the animated series for “promoting” transgender themes is, well, cartoonish.

“This Breitbart News article is just a laughable attempt at attention seeking, comparable to Jerry Falwell attacking the Teletubbies, and demonstrates a profound ignorance of transgender people since this show doesn’t include any,” said GLAAD’s Rich Ferraro.

6. The Hub, which is co-owned by Discovery and Hasbro, debuted SheZow on Canadian and Australian TV in December. It will premiere in the U.S. this weekend.

7. WPIX New York reported on the show:

“Then again, the entire concept of superheroes transforming and shapeshifting is no problem. So it might be a good idea to relax, support the plastic […] nature of a kids imagination…and lighten up.”

8. Check out the show’s intro:

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Sarah Karlan is the associate LGBT editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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