Yesha Callahan

The Hub Network’s “SheZow” Comes Under Fire For “Transgender” Super Hero

“He’s just a guy, making the world a safer place, as a girl”

Earlier this summer a new cartoon premiered on The Hub and had critics questioning whether it was pushing a “gay” agenda onto children.

“SheZow” features a 12-year old boy named Guy Hamdon, who inherits a magic ring from his aunt that turns him into a female superhero named SheZow. The cartoon is aimed at children aged seven and above. When Guy is SheZow, he’s equipped with superhuman abilities, a skirt, thigh high boots and a pink shapeshifting car. All triggered by the phrase, “You go girl!”

Of course the cartoon has been met with its fair share of critics. Many feel that a cross-dressing superhero isn’t appropriate and could be confusing for kids.

“The target audience here is not adults, the target audience are young people, many of whom may be confused about their own sexuality,” said Bill Donohue, the Catholic League.

But other people don’t see the big deal with the cartoon.

“I don’t think this show is about transgender issues anymore than the Teletubbies were about gay issues, because one of the characters was purple and carried around a purse,” said Rich Ferraro, GLAAD spokesperson.

 

Do you think people are making a big deal out of the cartoon for no reason?

  1. August 8, 2013 - Reply

    Its not a big deal that this show is on air. It is in fact more helpful that this show is on air because it familiarizes kids with this idea. People have such a hard time with accepting and understanding the LGBT community because it isn’t something they see all the time. People that are outraged could just block the show and move on. Otherwise kids are not paying attention to the fact that its a boy dressing as a girl. Be open minded everyone.

    • August 9, 2013 - Reply

      @Ni

      People make a fuss over anything these days. No one is forcing them to watch the cartoon.

  2. August 9, 2013 - Reply

    I’m sorry (well, no I’m not) but I just can’t dig it. I’m all for equality between the genders, but I’m also for maintaining the biological separation of male and female. That’s just how things work. It’s bigger than humanity; bigger than the animal kingdom even. But people keep trying to push this idea that this kind of thing is “normal” and “progressive.” It’s not. It’s actually quite disturbing.

  3. August 9, 2013 - Reply

    Its a problem because a ring doesn’t transform a little boy into a girl. What does his being a superhero have to do with gender reassignment? Why can’t he save the world as a boy since he is a boy.

  4. August 9, 2013 - Reply

    Ain’t nothing wrong with being a woman.

  5. August 9, 2013 - Reply

    Superman wore leggings, underwear and boots for years and now yall want to say something.

    If you dont want your kids to watch it, dont let your kids watch it. No one is forcing you to not use those parental controls on your TV.

  6. August 9, 2013 - Reply

    I have no problem with this at all. I’m all for diverse images on tv. If possible, I think all groups should have something that is ‘for them.’ It also teaches people not to discriminate because they’ve been introduced to it.

  7. August 9, 2013 - Reply

    eh people need to get over it

  8. August 9, 2013 - Reply

    The show is aimed kids that are confused about their sexuality? I find that very ironic

  9. August 9, 2013 - Reply

    I feel parents should have the right when to explain certain abnormal situations to their kids. When it is on TV show it may force parents to discuss an issue at an earlier age than they intended. It’s not about tolerance conpletely really, but also age appropriateness.

  10. August 9, 2013 - Reply

    This is too much. Really? Not appropriate in my opinion.

  11. August 9, 2013 - Reply

    I resent this. Do people realize what is happening? Men already rule what being a man means. Twisted men want to redefine the image of womanhood, and now they are foisting twisted images of girlhood on our real girls. This is not right. Girls should not be intimidated, manipulated, nor cajoled into changing their view of themselves and one another or to include this contrived presentation.

    This hijacking the image of girlhood is unfair to girls. The parents of twisted boys in girl clothes already are demanding that their not-real-girls be allowed to use the “girls” bathroom in our schools. This is absolutely outrageous. The exception should not be allowed to redefine the norm.

  12. August 9, 2013 - Reply

    I don’t really have a pro or con reaction to this. Luckily parents have a whole lot of control over what they’re young children watch on a regular basis, so it’s very possible for parents who don’t agree with a particular show to limit its infiltration in their kids’ lives.

  13. August 10, 2013 - Reply

    I feel sorry for the kids whose parents dont monitor what they watch. Actions begin with thoughts. This cartoon is planting thoughts that cause gender confusion. We dont need more garbage to influence our society to be weak-minded and wishy washy.

  14. August 11, 2013 - Reply

    Lol I actually came across this show a few weeks ago and was completely confused! Basically I turned on the TV and was doing something else at the same time. I kept thinking “is that a guy’s voice”? But I never watched it close enough to get the plot of the show. Nowwww it all makes sense.

  15. September 22, 2013 - Reply

    It said that the show is supposed to help kids that are confused with their sexuality? I think that it will make kids confused with their sexuality.

  16. October 3, 2013 - Reply

    I doubt any of you have actually watched the show, but it’s actually a good show. It’s funny. The boy adopts the super heroine role from his aunt and he has to play the part. He doesn’t particularly like it, but he learns to adapt and be a hero and learns things thru a girl’s perspective at times. What’s wrong with that? He’s still a boy, he has crushes on girls, he likes boy things. The worst this show will do is teach boys that to be girly doesn’t mean you can’t be brave and that pink can be a cool color.

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