A recent episode of the popular children’s TV show Transformers: EarthSpark has sparked outrage among some parents for its introduction of a non-binary robot character and the portrayal of a gender-neutral storyline. The show has garnered a wide following among children aged two to eleven. However, the inclusion of this progressive theme to push their woke agenda has raised concerns and ignited a debate about age-appropriateness.
The particular scene that has drawn criticism features a robot named Nightshade who proudly declares, “My pronouns are they/them.” In response, one of the human characters, named Sam, apologizes for their initial reaction and acknowledges their own pronouns as she/they.
Sam attempts to console Nightshade by expressing that they feel safe when surrounded by friends or other non-binary individuals. Nightshade expresses curiosity about the term “non-binary,” and Sam explains that it refers to people who do not identify strictly as male or female. In a heartening moment, Nightshade expresses delight, stating, “I always knew my pronouns felt right, but what a wonderful word for a wonderful experience.”
While this particular episode aired several months ago, a clip from it recently circulated on social media platforms, causing a strong reaction from individuals who argue that the content is too controversial for young children. The debate revolves around the appropriateness of introducing gender identity concepts at an early age and whether such discussions should be left to parental discretion or addressed in educational settings.
Supporters of the storyline applauded the show for encouraging gender identity.
Normal people, on the other hand, express and understand the concern that the topic is confusing or overwhelming for children in the targeted age group. Many rightfully argue that such discussions are better suited for parents to address within the context of their own family values and beliefs.