I’ve never watched The Hub series SheZow, but if its hated so much by the right-wing nuts at the website Brietbart then I may have to check out a couple of episodes. Yes, in the grand tradition of the Teletubies, the Power Rangers, and other kids shows that make certain people with a big soapbox in U.S. politics flip their lid, someone is flipping their lid. Why? Have you never seen the show? It’s about a guy who gets a magic ring that turns him into a super-powered girl!
The extent of Ben Shapiro‘s diatribe pales in comparison to some of the responses in the comment section, but leaving that aside (because really you can read it for yourself), the discussion did provoke a reaction from SheZow creator Obie Scott Wade, who doesn’t get what all the fuss is about, he was just trying to create a fun little show. Here’s what Wade told io9:
“Just based on what they wrote, they’re reading a lot into the show that’s not there. I didn’t set out to make a show about any sort of political agenda, I just wanted to make a comedy. I wanted to make a cartoon that I would have liked as a kid. So I think people are just reading a lot into it.”
Indeed, no one ever accused Bugs Bunny cartoons where he’d dress like a girl, or kiss a boy, to be supporting some kind of political agenda, but these are hyper-partisan times. As for Wade, he says he’s looking more towards using his show to promote a general message of responsibility and empathy rather than any kind of political slant.
“In [one] episode, [Guy] learns that one key to maintaining SheZow’s powers is ‘good grooming,’ and ‘his sister tries to give him a manicure, because that’s part of maintaining the power, and he doesn’t want to do it. And of course that has a drastic side-effect: part of his fingernail falls into some toxic goo and becomes an evil clone named SheZap,’ says Wade, who represents ‘his dark side.’
‘Yes, there are a lot of experiences he has that broaden him as a character,’ adds Wade, ‘but predominantly it’s about a laid-back kid who’s suddenly forced to save the world. It’s more about the responsibility that he has to take on, and less about gender… [We set out to] make a good animated superhero comedy that didn’t make a big deal out of the situation.”
I know it will do no good to say, but I guess I’ll say it anyway, if the adults of the world could stop looking for conspiracies in every cartoon and maybe just let the kids have their fun, we’d appreciate that a lot.
Source: The Mary Sue