ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – Since early summer, kids have had the option of watching the world’s first transgender cartoon superhero. SheZow airs on the Hub Network, a channel aimed at kids and their families.
The series centers on 12-year-old Guy, who inherits a power ring from his aunt. The ring gives him criminal fighting superpowers, but was meant to only be worn by a girl. As such, wearing it transforms him into “SheZow,” who wears a purple skirt and white go-go boots as she battles the bad guys.
He activates the ring with the exclamation “You Go Girl!”
“SheZow” creator Obie Scott Wade says he made the show to make kids laugh. He told io9 that adults who are upset with the gender-bending theme are missing the point.
“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,” he was quoted as saying.
The criticism started when Breibart News’ Ben Shapiro expressed his outrage, questioning whether the subject matter was age appropriate.
The New York Daily News then quoted GLAAD’s Rich Ferraro as saying, “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.”
“SheZow is an Australian-Canadian animated television series created, originally made as a short for Disney Channel’s Shorty McShorts’ Shorts in 2007.
The series is produced by Moody Street Kids & Kickstart Productions Inc. The Hub is owned by Discovery Channel and Hasbro, and is a competitor of the Atlanta-based Cartoon Network.