She-Ra Showrunner Says Cartoon Is Intended to Normalize LGBTQ Couples to Kids


For supposed children’s fare, that is. Here’s another disgustingly oozy article recorded from CBR fawning over the new, politically correct She-Ra cartoon pandering to LGBT ideology:


While more contemporary cartoons feature queer characters, none have had a queer relationship be the driving force of the overarching story. It was uncertain early on if DreamWorks would allow showrunner Noelle Stevenson to have Adora and Catra’s relationship be canon, but Stevenson was dedicated to going for it.

“My big fear was that I would show my hand too early and get told very definitively that I was not allowed to do this,” Stevenson said in an interview with Gizmodo. “If I can get them to this place where their relationship and that romance is central to the plot, and it can’t be removed, can’t be noted-out or it can’t be something that’s cut later, then they’ll have let me do it.”

Stevenson and crew did just this, developing Adora and Catra’s relationship so well that it’s impossible to not have the two together. By taking their time, developing the characters and establishing that queer couples are normal in Etheria, She-Ra creates an environment where these two being together is the most satisfying and organic ending for characters and fans.

Because CBR’s contemptuous writers say so. I expected no less.


With these queer married couples, as well as several other queer characters, viewers understand the She-Ra and the Princesses of Power universe is accepting of LGBTQ people, which benefits the show. Queerness is never treated as a point of conflict, which allows issues like colonialism and abuse to present themselves upfront and be tackled by the protagonists.

Along with the acceptance of these couples, the show also introduces non-binary characters like Double Trouble, trans characters like Jewelstar and characters attracted to more than one gender, like Seahawk. Furthermore, the queer characters presented do not all look the same, featuring interracial couples, characters with diverse bodies and LGBTQ characters of color. There is no one way to be queer and She-Ra shows that all genders, sexualities and races should be welcomed — not just in the LGBTQ community, but society as a whole.


Hmm, I notice – surprise, surprise – that there’s no questions asked whether this is something children should be taught is normal, or whether it’s for children at all. And what could the politics be behind colonialism and abuse? Metaphors for anti-Israel propaganda and opposition to the war in Iraq, for example?


At least CBR admits one thing – this is by far one of the most politically motivated cartoons ever produced, and I wouldn’t be shocked if the Thundercats remake boasted some liberal politics too, even if nobody seemed to bring that up when it came about. It’s dreadful they want to push LGBT propaganda on children, but leftist politics in general are something parents should worry about too in animated productions.


Update: For those claiming the show is aimed at 20-somethings: Netflix disagrees. It’s aimed at kids ages 5-7 according to their listings.


Originally published here.

Avi Green

Avi Green was born in Pennsylvania in 1974, and moved to Israel in 1983. He enjoyed reading comics when he was young, the first being Fantastic Four. He maintains a strong belief in the public's right to knowledge and accuracy of facts. He considers himself a conservative-style version of Clark Kent. Follow him on his blog at Four Color Media Monitor or on Twitter at @avigreen1