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Transformers kids’ program features “non-binary” character

A recent episode of a popular children’s TV show has sparked a heated debate among viewers due to its introduction of a non-binary robot character.

The show in question is Transformers: EarthSpark, a series based on the beloved robot toys from Hasbro that has gained immense popularity among children aged two to eleven. However, the inclusion of “gender-neutral” themes has raised concerns among parents and commentators.

In the controversial clip, a transformer character named Nightshade expresses their pronouns as “they/them.” This statement prompts one of the human characters to respond with, “Thanks. I’m she/they… I’m sorry for how I reacted. It’s just sometimes the world can be a scary place. It’s hard to know who’s dangerous or not.”

The human then adds: “I know I’m safe when I’m with my friends or other non-binary people.”

“Non-binary” refers to individuals who identify as neither male, nor female, but a third, entirely unrelated gender.

Curious about the term “non-binary,” Nightshade inquires further, to which the human replies: “People who aren’t female or male.”

The robot expresses delight, saying, “I always knew my pronouns felt right, but what a wonderful word for a wonderful experience.”

In another clip from the same program, another human character says “Nightshade’s pronouns are they/them,” to which the robot responds “He or she just doesn’t fit who I am.” After this, the other robot characters refer to Nightshade as “they.”

Although the program first aired several months ago in November of 2022, clips from it recently circulated on social media, triggering a strong reaction from those who argue that such conversations are too controversial for young children.

This is not the first time that the company Hasbro has promoted “gender neutral” ideology in its products.

In 2021, the company rolled out a “gender-neutral” version of Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, saying they would be ending the male and female version “to promote gender equality and inclusion.”

There has been significant backlash in recent years against attempts to turn beloved children’s characters LGBT, such as Ernie and Bert from Sesame Street. In 2018, a former show writer insinuated that they were a gay couple – though the owners of the show disputed this.

Nickelodeon also appears to have hinted at the idea that the character Spongebob Squarepants may be gay.

In 2021 Danish toy company Lego sought to remove “gender bias” from its toys.





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