‘SheZow’ Zooms to Hub, Stirs Controversy

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Australian-produced 2D animated series SheZow will be making its U.S. debut this Saturday, June 1 at 12:30 p.m. ET on Hub Network, adding on to the channel’s line-up of action and humor-packed adventure series. June 1 will also see two new Pound Puppies episodes, the season 2 premiere of The Aquabats! Super Show! and the premiere of live-action sci-fi/fantasy import Wizards vs. Aliens on Hub.

Produced by Kickstart Productions and Moody Street Kids with partners Film Victoria and Vision Animation, and distributed by DHX Media, SheZow follows 12-year-old Guy Hamden (Sam Vincent, Voltron Force), a self-anointed extreme dude and macho cut-up who discovers an awesome power ring that transforms him into a super hero. It should be every dude’s dream, but there’s a catch: the ring is meant to be worn by a girl hero. Now Guy fights villains as SheZow, sporting a radical female superhero costume and learning a little bit about himself along the way. Check out the promo video here.

The half-hour series was created and written by Obie Scott Wade (Julius & Friends) and exec produced by Wade, Loris Kramer Lunsford (Johnny Test), Jason Netter (Wolverine and the X-Men), Gillian Carr (Flea-bitten), Huoi Seong Low and Brenda Wooding.

Despite having not even premiered Stateside yet, the “gender-bending” toon has already taken critical heat from conservatives. The L.A. Times reports the Breitbart blog’s Ben Shapiro posted under the headline “Children’s Network Launches Transsexual Superhero Show”:

“Nothing says ‘child-appropriate material’ quite like gender-bending underage superheroes…That show follows the adventures of a 12-year-old boy named Guy who uses a magic ring to transform himself into a crime-fighting girl. Yes, you read that correctly. When Guy says the magic words – ‘You go girl!’ – he becomes SheZow, wearing a purple skirt and cape, as well as pink gloves and white boots.” Shapiro added that Hub Network chief executive Margaret Loesch “may or may not have been high (and leftist) when she greenlit this project.”

The New York Daily News published GLAAD’s response to the blog post:

“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,” said GLAAD’s Rich Ferraro.

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  • ToonWatcher

    This is why I hate the media. They always try to spin the facts so they can get hits on their website. There have been many times in cartoons where bodies were switched between male and female characters. Specifically there was an episode of Chip and Dale’s Rescue Rangers that did that.

    Any one remember a popular anime called Ranma 1/2(one-half) ? Yeah, enough said.

    • nevilleross

      Except that a lot of people don’t know about Ranma 1/2 outside of anime fan circles, so this show’s new to them.

  • Kansas

    Enough said, this is the greatest homosexual related controversy in television ever known since that SpongeBob SquarePants “came out” as a GAY character over ten years ago. I remember reading an internet article related to that not too long ago.

    Why do competitive television networks besides Disney Channel give us so much junk to brainwash children? If I were a parent to my young kids, I would advise them not to watch anything like this.

    At a disturbing time like this, I wish that the old ways of the 90′s were back on the air instead. Where are Zoog Disney, Where On Earth Is Carmen Sandiego, The Magic School Bus, and, most importantly, the CBS/Nelvana show Blaster’s Universe at this time?

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