The good Christian belles of One Million Moms are having another collective titty attack, this time over the fabulous gender-bending superhero cartoon, SheZow. If you’re not familiar, the premise is simple: 12-year-old Guy, a dude, turns into the legendary superhero SheZow, a dudette, by saying “You go, girl!”
We were immediately on board when we first heard the Aussie hit was heading stateside, and we also predicted that One Million Moms would have a few choice words to share. Before it even aired, 1MM called for the Hub Network and its parent companies, Discovery and Hasbro, to drop the program, claiming the gays were once again trying to “indoctrinate” the children of America “into accepting their lifestyles”:
The media is determined to pollute the minds of our children and there is no better way to desensitize them than through a cartoon program. Everyone knows children are drawn to animated shows; both boys and girls love superheroes. This character especially will appeal to both boys and girls since the superhero represents both genders by cross dressing and being transgendered. This dude becomes the FEMALE superhero SheZow dressed in pink and purple.
But both Hub Network and SheZow‘s creator Obie Scott Wade contend that the show is innocent fun and not a comment on gender identity. “I set out to create a comedy in SheZow, not a political statement,” Wade told The Advocate. “While the character of Guy does learn many things about himself by becoming SheZow, the main focus is on responsibility and less on gender.”
Hub spokeswoman Joanna Massey said the network has received both positive and negative reactions from viewers but at the end of the animated day they “decided to broadcast SheZow because we see it as a lighthearted animated comedy that capitalizes on a concept that goes back to some of the earliest cartoons like Bugs Bunny, who could make kids laugh out loud by wearing a dress and a wig.”
A quick perusal of the first episode (below) finds that the most offensive thing about the show is the sheer number of “she” puns: she-mazing, she-hicle, she-riffic, she-mergency — how many RuPaul’s Drag Race writers do they have on staff? Even if there are a few laughs at Guy’s expense over his sudden transformation into a lady crime-fighter, the fact that he has to change genders to becomes a superhero is a powerful statement all by itself. Whether that was the intention or not.