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SheZow: Controversy Overblown?


He’s here.

Better yet, she is here.

SheZow is an animated series from Australia that has already aired several episodes internationally. It’s now found a home on the recently renamed Hub Network (from The Hub).

Our main character, one Guy Hamdon, is more into guy stuff, and the stronger the better. But he finds a ring from his aunt who has passed away. This, thinking its his uncles (as a sort of a keepsake) would give him powers.

Turns out it gives him powers all right. Its turns him into a female superhero. The aforementioned SheZow.

It was originally a plot done for college (not unlike J.G. Quintel’s plots for The Regular Show) and was being sold to certain Australian websites; but to no avail.

Both Kickstart Productions and DHX Media (the new owners of both Cookie Jar Entertainment and DiC) helped in the production of this show. But it isn’t without its issues. The most obvious one being the plot, which is that of a boy turning into a girl superhero.

Already somewhat of a star in certain LGBT circles, certain conservative groups will be watching to see if the show promotes the agenda, as it were. However, outside of how it was originally made, there isn’t too much to worry about the series. At worst, it’s tongue and cheek. At best, it could be the second major hit Hub Network will have after My Little Pony (which DHX Media also makes).

Is the show that controversial? I don’t see it – there will always be a “Brazilian strain” (Rule 34 of the Internet) in a majority of animated/semi-animated works. But that should not detract from the challenge the show faces (the same challenge Hasbro is facing with the Easy Bake Oven, which lets boys cook and bake pies as well as girls, and My Little Pony, whose toys sell well with the adult male fan base.) SheZow already turning the toy world upside down – is it an action figure or a doll? Can it sell? Does it encourage kids to treat everyone with respect?

Maybe that’s a better lesson than what majority of the “Government Toons” (The E/I Requirement) try to shove down everybody’s throats.

SheZow Premieres June 1 on HUB Network at 12:30 EST.

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