When I was little — which, considering that I’m a young millennial, was not that long ago — children’s shows taught viewers vocabulary, history, or how to stand up to bullies. Now, they’re teaching children about pronouns. And no, this isn’t a grammar lesson.
In a recent episode of a children’s cartoon, two characters bond over their “nonbinary” identity, teaching children that they can change their gender — and that they’re not allowed to enjoy television without “woke” propaganda anymore.
During a scene from the show Transformers: EarthSpark that aired in March — a show for 8-year-olds, mind you — a transformer tells a girl its pronouns are “they/them.”
She responds, “Thanks. I’m Sam. I’m she/they.”
“I know I’m safe when I’m with my friends,” she adds later, “or other nonbinary people.”
Yes, a lesson children should learn: Nonbinary people, or members of any identity group that shares some characteristic with you, are always safe to be around.
Nonbinary, Sam explains to the transformer, means “people who aren’t female or male.”
“I always knew my pronouns felt right,” the robot says, “but what a wonderful word for a wonderful experience.”
Elon Musk, responding to the viral clip from the show, tweeted: “Computers are literally binary lol.”
It doesn’t seem like logic was of particular concern for the showrunners.
Produced by Nickelodeon and airing on Paramount+, Transformers: EarthSpark is distributing transgender propaganda to children, training elementary schoolers to question their identity and to see gender dysphoria as a good thing.
It’s not alone. From Disney+ teaching preschoolers about microaggressions to Netflix showing them how to come out as nonbinary, shows are increasingly wading into political waters. Gender identity indoctrination is particularly worrisome as schools and medical professionals alike push their trendy ideology on children.
The moral of the story is that you never know what your children are watching unless you’ve vetted it yourself. Luckily, children won’t be missing out on much if they don’t watch a Transformers show. But this kind of messaging is just going to become more and more mainstream.
It might just be best to stick to the classics.