Cartoon Network show ‘We Baby Bears’ features two non-binary characters who use their pronouns in a new episode
- The animated episode, titled Polly’s New Crew, will feature two non-binary characters – a box and a parrot – in the network’s attempt to be inclusive
The Cartoon Network show We Baby Bears is set to use characters who identify as non-binary and use their pronouns in a new episode airing Saturday.
The animated episode, titled Polly’s New Crew, will feature gender-neutral characters — a box and a parrot — in the network’s attempt to be inclusive.
In the trailer for the children’s show, a character says, “I’m the big Winnifred, she.” Extraordinary actor!’
At that time, one of the bears introduced a non-binary character named Box.
The bear says: ‘Our crew also has a new addition. They use them/themselves pronouns, and they make an exceptionally good quiche!
Box, a new character, uses the pronouns in the episode of We Baby Bears
Polly the Pirate Captain Admits They’re Non-Binary in Episode
Polly the Pirate Captain then rolls over and says they also use “they/them pronouns.”
New episodes of We Baby Bears will air on Saturday, June 17, and the network has warned parents that they “will feature two non-binary characters and a discussion of pronoun usage.”
The show first aired in January 2022 – and is a prequel to the We Bare Bears series.
In a tweet from March 30, Transgender Visibility Day, Cartoon Network said, “Addressing someone using their pronouns and name shows you RESPECT them as their authentic self!
“We celebrate the journey of our trans and gender non-conforming friends.”
A disgruntled adult wrote on social media after the news: “Not the first time Cartoon Network has done this, not the last.” They come 100% for your children.
Another person added, “I’m not that old but I’m old enough to remember when Cartoon Network brought joy to everyone without pushing an agenda.”
A third added: “I still don’t understand the obsession with bringing sex and gender ideology into children’s spaces.”
While a fourth said: ‘As a general rule don’t let your kids watch anything made in the last 7 years.’
But others thought there was outrage for nothing.
Michael Ouweleen, President of Cartoon Network
One person said, “Imagine seeing a cardboard box and a parrot going through their pronouns and crying about it.”
This isn’t the first time that non-binary and transgender tropes in children’s television have caused a stir.
In March, Netflix “quietly canceled” an animated revival children’s show that features a bison who comes across as non-binary to his grandmother.
Ridley Jones released its fifth and final season last week, which received no promotion, show creator Chris Nee said in a tweet.
The two-time Kidscreen Award winner and Emmy-nominated series received heavy criticism online after the release of Season 5 Episode 8, ‘Herd Day,’ which focuses on a bison named Fred, who introduces himself as non-binary for their grandmother – who is voiced by Cyndi Lauper.
Some viewers lambasted the show on Twitter, saying Fred’s non-binary identity was slipped into the show’s narrative.
‘Do your kids watch Ridley Jones?’ asked a viewer. “It features a female bison who does not identify as either female or male and wants to be referred to with ‘they/them’ pronouns. Quietly slipped in there. Drop by drop, drop by drop… What a message to send to young girls in particular.