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Disney’s new kids’ animated series Baymax! shows transgender man buying tampons at a supermarket 

A new Disney+ animated series for kids, Baymax!, features what is believed to be the company’s first transgender character to buy tampons in a supermarket.

Christopher Rufo, an academic at the conservative Manhattan Institute, said he tweeted a “leaked” version of the upcoming Baymax series, which has since been uploaded to Disney Entertainment Studio’s YouTube page.

The show features a robotic nurse browsing the aisle of menstrual products in a grocery store. The Big Hero 6 spin-off is set in the fictional town of San Fransokyo and features Baymax, who works as a “personal health partner.”

In the scene, the protagonist, Marvel Comics superhero nursing robot Baymax, is said to help a girl named Sofia, 12, who is experiencing her first period just before a talent show at school and appears to be buying her menstrual products.

Earlier in the Baymax! episode, Sofia and the robot nurse discuss her period in the gender-neutral bathroom, according to the New York Post.

“I wasn’t prepared for this!” Sofia says to Baymax. ‘And the dispenser is empty! And I don’t even have anything! A tampad. A pad-pon. A maxi pad pon with wings.’

In a new Disney+ show, a transgender character (shown in the transgender flag shirt, right) appears amid a crowd of others giving robotic nurse Baymax advice on menstrual products to bring back to 12-year-old Sofia, who has just started her first pregnancy. got period

In a new Disney+ show, a transgender character (shown in the transgender flag shirt, right) appears amid a crowd of others giving robotic nurse Baymax advice on menstrual products to bring back to 12-year-old Sofia, who has just started her first pregnancy. got period

In the controversial scene, Baymax stands next to a woman in the tampon aisle, looking at the massive amount of products on the shelf, before asking her, “Excuse me, which of these products would you recommend?”

The woman appears to be utterly shocked as she stares at the robot in horror before learning her facial expressions.

She replies, “Oh, uh… well… these are the tampons I usually use.” She then hands the box of Gentle tampons to the robot.

This prompts the entire aisle to jump in to give Sofia suggestions, from wingless to winged pads, from products intended for first-time experiences to eco-conscious products.

However, many parents and social media users were more surprised at a transgender character offering a period suggestion than at the openness of discussing the coming-of-age experience.

The transgender character (right) offered Baymax a pink box of pads with wings, saying he preferred that.  This is considered Disney's first transgender character

The transgender character (right) offered Baymax a pink box of pads with wings, saying he preferred that. This is considered Disney’s first transgender character

When Baymax first asked the woman next to him (pictured) for suggestions, she seemed uncomfortable offering advice on the brand of tampons she was using.

When Baymax first asked the woman next to him (pictured) for suggestions, she seemed uncomfortable offering advice on the brand of tampons she was using.

A woman suggested Baymax buy Sofia pads because it’s “always more comfortable for me,” when a character — where a transgender flag shirt — says, “I always get the ones with wings.”

While the moment doesn’t linger on the show — rather, the robot is bombarded with more suggestions from a father and another woman in the aisle — Twitter users hated the moment.

Texas State Representative Bryan Slaton, 44, started the criticism, writing on Twitter: “This is so sick and weird. We have to protect children from the sick adults who want to sexualize them and let them be children.’

Opinion writer for the Star Telegram Nicole Russell highlighted how uncomfortable society is around period culture, as women are often expected to discuss it behind closed doors for fear of making others feel uncomfortable.

She wrote: ‘I have four children aged eight’ [to] 15, who would watch this and it would make them all uncomfortable. What is the goal?’

Another said the discussions about menstruation “steal children’s childhood.”

She wrote: ‘You are an adult. This is a cartoon for children. Children don’t need or want to talk about menstruation.’

Rufo even accused the company of promoting “the idea that men can have their periods for children as young as two.”

However, not every parent disagreed with the scene, stressing that many young girls in the US get their periods as early as age 10.

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Many were accosted by the scene saying it would make people

Many were accosted by the scene saying it would make people “uncomfortable” and that it was “sick and weird.” However, some parents liked the idea of ​​young girls, who can start having their periods as early as 10 years old, learning about their periods and destigmatizing the purchase of menstrual products.

‘Children GET periods. Statistically at a younger age than before. Talking about periods and how to take care of yourself when you have your period early and not scary is good,” wrote Twitter user L. McMill.

A father named Karl praised Disney for normalizing men who buy menstrual products for their daughters, wives and girlfriends, even though he admitted Disney has “done some sketchy stuff.”

This is more like ‘normalizing’ men who buy feminine products for their daughters or other women in their lives. Which [by the way], should be totally fine lol. Definitely done,” he wrote.

Disney recently announced that it aims to have 50 percent of its characters represent minorities, such as the LGBT+ community.

The company has been in a political crossfire since it came out publicly against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ “Don’t Say Gay” law, which prohibits discussing sexual orientation and gender identity in the third grade.

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