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Wednesday, October 10, 2018 

Yes, there's a political agenda in the She-Ra remake

If you've paid attention to any of the details about a new She-Ra cartoon produced by the Dreamworks company formerly co-owned by Steven Spielberg (whose talents have dwindled considerably ever since he directed War of the Worlds and Munich), you know that the character design for the eponymous sister of He-Man was made to look more masculine. Well, if the following information says something, it's not the only problem - the producers' LGBT ideologies finding their way into the script in more ways than one (via Science Fiction):
The cast of Netflix's She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, a reboot of the classic Masters of the Universe spinoff property, revealed during the show's New York Comic Con panel that the series includes at least two LGBT characters.[...]

Stevenson appeared on the panel with stars Aimee Carrero (Adora/She-Ra), Karen Fukuhara (Glimmer) and Marcus Scribner (Bow). When the panelists were asked which of the new show's characters were their favorite, Carrero said, "Bow's dads." Judging by the way Stevenson and the other stars reacted, this was something that was meant to be kept under wraps. Later, Screen Rant participated in a roundtable interview with Scribner and Fukuhara where the actors were asked to elaborate on Bow's dads. Scribner said:

This is difficult because it’s a bit of a spoiler, but at the same time I feel like She-Ra really doesn’t shy away from reflecting what’s actually going on in the world around us. It’s not some topical thing that really needs to be discussed, it just is. Bow has two dads. I feel like it just reflects a lot of modern families and things that are going on in the world around us. I don’t want to talk too much about their personality types and how they each factor in, because that was a bit of a [New York] Comic Con spoiler alert session, but it’s definitely super cool. ... Just know that they play an integral role in a couple scenarios.

[...] She-Ra including two LGBT characters (it's unclear whether they identify as gay or another sexual orientation) is a step forward for representation in the realm of animation. Nickelodeon's The Legend of Korra ended in 2014 with two of the show's female characters, Korra and Asami, holding hands; it was later confirmed by the creators that the scene indicated they began a romantic relationship. More recently, shows like Cartoon Network's Steven Universe and Netflix's Voltron: Legendary Defender have been praised their inclusion of LGBT characters. Now, She-Ra will join their ranks in adding diverse representation to the genre of children's animation, allowing young viewers of a new generation to see more characters who are part of the LGBT community.
The first thing that can be said is that parents worried about propaganda that could indoctrinate their children can now avoid what was already a slap in the face. The second is that it's additionally insulting how the controversy over the masculinized design for this series' take on She-Ra served to obscure the more troubling issue of homosexuality surely being portrayed in a positive, uncritical light, and the likelihood this'll sensationalize the notion of two homosexual men serving as fathers for one son or daughter.

In fact, what's really bizarre is that a show thought to spotlight a girl, and supposedly aimed at a the same, appears to be concentrating on male homosexuality on the one hand, and making its female star look masculine and de-sexualized on the other. Reportedly, one of the main show directors providing the "creative" input is a boyish-looking lesbian, and if she really dislikes her womanhood that much and is so lacking in self-esteem, well, I guess that could explain why they took such steps to produce a cartoon that must be aimed at the "Bronies" obsessing themselves over the My Little Pony franchise. In other words, a show that's aimed at homosexual men despite seemingly being geared for girls, featuring a girl with masculine-shaped facial features. It's clear "concerns" about female sexuality are little more than a smokescreen for a much more troubling agenda and ideology, that somebody cares more about a male audience than a female audience, and is even doing the bidding of/catering to male overlords on the upper floors of the studio. Not exactly very feminist in agenda, if you ask me.

Thinking about this case further, you could even argue it has some vague parallels to the abortive Bionic Woman remake from 2007, which Lindsay Wagner, star of the original spinoff from Lee Majors' Six Million Dollar Man series of the mid-70s, argued was bungled:
[on the 2007 TV remake of Bionic Woman (2007), which was canceled after 8 episodes] On a technical level, it was very good, but I don't think they understood the show. It was steeped in that old-school thinking. It was like a lot of things today, angry and dark.
What are the chances this new take on She-Ra will wind up the same way? For now, it wouldn't shock me if Hordak and Skeletor were transformed into metaphors for right-wingers, as modern entertainment gets hijacked more and more by leftist politics. Melendy Britt, the voice actress on the original She-Ra cartoon, criticized how this whole mess is being handled (H/T: Bounding Into Comics), and the way they de-feminized the heroine does nothing to inspire girls regardless of the propaganda already injected into it.

Also, it's curious why anybody would want to remake a spinoff series with a female lead, but not the series with the male lead it spun off from. It could be selfish modern feminism played a part in that decision, but it's just another tactic proving today's entertainment producers are cheap, and don't have what it takes to produce their own different franchise under its own titles.

If LGBT agendas are what these cartoon remakes are produced for, that's why nobody need bother to watch them. Netflix is clearly not all they could be.

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Ugh, I fully agree that they've masculinized this She-Ra to serve some agenda. But they actually did revive the original He-Man in a new series on Cartoon Network that aired from 2002-2004. It was actually pretty good.

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