Netflix’s newest preschool present options the streaming platform’s first nonbinary character in a child’s present
Premiering subsequent month below the streaming service’s “Representation Matters Collection,” Ridley Jones is a brand new Netflix sequence aimed on the preschool set with a progressive and groundbreaking new distinction: it’s the primary preschool present on Netflix to characteristic a nonbinary character. Happy Pride!
Ridley Jones stars a 6-year-old woman who lives in a treehouse contained in the Museum of Natural History together with her mom and grandmother and at evening, the museum “comes alive,” so to talk.
One of these museum reveals that “comes alive” is Ridley’s pal Fred, a bison, who occurs to be nonbinary.
Fred, the bison, is a central character on the present, and certainly one of Ridley’s associates. West Side Story’s Ezra Menas will play Fred, the nonbinary bison. Menas, who’s nonbinary, additionally voiced a nonbinary animal character in DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar: A Little Wild for his or her latest Pride episode. To have a nonbinary character voiced by an actor who identifies as such is equally profound, contemplating Hollywood has a foul observe report with casting cis actors in trans roles, which principally negates your entire function of being inclusive.
Children’s program actually is killing it recently with LGBTQ+ content material. Blue’s Clues lately launched a Pride-themed episode centered across the drag queen and Drag Race star Nina West. The present actually turned Nina West into the cutest cartoon.
West joined the present to sing a track about all of the completely different ways in which households can exist. The Blue’s Clues sing-along video showcases households with two mothers, two dads, ace, pans, trans, non-binary, and bi dad and mom as they make their method by means of the Pride parade route, flags flying proudly.
Now Netflix’s newest sequence Ridley Jones joins all of the progressive and inclusive content material occurring in youngsters’s applications, and it’s truthfully nice to see. Some might say it’s company pandering, however for kids to find out about and be uncovered to trans and nonbinary identities at a younger age might profoundly have an effect on a queer little one’s life. That’s cool. It’s additionally cool that the star of the present is a younger woman within the so-called “Indiana Jones”-role as a fearless adventurer.
“I really wanted to do a series where a girl was the action-adventure star I always wanted to see (or be) when I was growing up,” creator Chris Nee mentioned in a press launch (through Romper). “Like so many of my shows, this world is a perfect canvas upon which to create a community of oddball characters and model what it means to take care of each other, even if you aren’t from the same era of time or wing of the museum.”
Ridley Jones lands on Netflix on July 16, 2021, although the primary episode is already accessible to look at on Youtube, now.