Chances are, you've spent enough time on the internet to understand that people can get outraged over anything — even kids' cartoons. The latest object of outrage? The new She-Ra design.
It all started a few weeks ago, when showrunner Noelle Stevenson revealed the new She-Ra design on Twitter:
Many instantly fell in love with the new She-Ra design, and we totally get it. A gorgeous cartoon for kids made by the creator of award-winning comic book series Lumberjanes, and with a strong female lead to boot? What's not to love?
First look at She-Ra and the Princesses of Power! ✨ pic.twitter.com/NvC56z97cz— Noelle Stevenson (@Gingerhazing) July 16, 2018
However, not everyone feels good about the reboot. Which is fine — you can't please everyone. We get it. But the main reason behind most people's outrage is a little interesting, to say the least. Apparently, the new She-Ra design isn't good enough because it makes her "look like a dude".
I couldn’t stand the new design of She-Ra, or should I say He-Ra, because it makes her look like a freakin’ dude. She lacked feminine features unlike her previous design. — Kyuryon, The Punished De-Radicalizer (@KyuryonTekko) July 17, 2018
The new She-Ra looks like a dude in drag. Thanks feminists for making it a bad thing for today’s girls to actually look like a girl. — Melissa (@MelissaBW) July 18, 2018
"We want more female superheroes in entertainment!"— Laurentiu Badea (@LaurBadea) July 17, 2018
*Draws She-Ra to look like a dude* pic.twitter.com/QTYmJUs7vx
There's a lot to unpack here. First of all, most people haven't thought about She-Ra for decades, so it's surprising to see such strong opinions over this reboot. Most of the criticism is coming from grown men, who were never the target audience for She-Ra. To see them suddenly saying that the new She-Ra design has "ruined" the cartoon for them for not being feminine enough is a little strange, and frankly, quite creepy. It's a kids' cartoon, for crying out loud. Second of all, She-Ra's supposed to be a 16-year-old warrior princess. Yes, the new She-Ra design is a lot more covered up. She's wearing what looks like cycling shorts under her skirt. Her boobs are small, her shoulders are wide, and she looks pretty muscular.
Twitter has ruined She-Ra for me. Never watched the original (I'm a guy, not the target) so was interested in checking this one out. But after trying to find just the promo screencaps I've come out the otherside unable to see She-ra as anything other than a little boy in drag. https://t.co/JKI8zyVR4E— Dreaming in the Dark (@Dr_Tran10) July 19, 2018
The new She-Ra design looks like an athletic 16-year-old girl, ready to go to battle. Which is who She-Ra is.People who compare the new She-Ra design to a dude's body neglect the fact that girls actually look like this. Smaller boobs and fewer curves do not make anyone less feminine. Girls come in all shapes and sizes — not just the 6-foot-tall hourglass, and if She-Ra's a badass sword-wielding princess, you bet that she's gonna be sporting practical clothing (ie.e a chest plate, shorts) and actually have some muscle. Also, it's ironic that people are comparing the new She-Ra design to a dude in drag, because even though the original (see below) character design is iconic, it's got more in common with a drag queen than the new She-Ra design. One common criticism of the new design is that She-Ra is supposed to look like the "ideal woman". But She-Ra co-creator J. Michael Straczynski quickly tore down that notion, tweeting:
"We never considered or wrote for She-Ra as 'the ideal woman.' I don't think that phrase appeared anywhere in the bible we wrote, and certainly never in our discussions. We spoke, and wrote of, and considered her a warrior, first and foremost."
To have a teenage heroine who actually looks like an average teenage girl is something we should celebrate, not tear apart.
Thankfully, this backlash has inspired artists to come up with really awesome fan art. Here are just some of our favourites.
1. Look at these gorgeous art deco illustrations! (With She-Ra is Shuri from Black Panther, Spider-Gwen, and Kamala Khan or Ms. Marvel)
2. We can totally get behind a brown She-Ra
I'm really excited for the #SheRa remake! I heard some folks had issues with her looking a bit too "different," so Im taking it one step further by drawing her as an Indian warrior princess ??♀️ pic.twitter.com/CyltlVtLza— Anu (@anumationart) July 22, 2018
3. This 3D art really makes us want a She-Ra video game — someone make this happen!!
4. Ready to slay.
Really enjoyed She-ra's new design I think it's something closer to what I'd have liked when I first watched it. So I decided to take my hot on the new design. Congrats to the team involved with the new production #shera pic.twitter.com/RFC6DpuTgO— Rayner Alencar (@RaynerAlencar) July 23, 2018
5. This vintage art style is doooope
6. How adorable is this?!
7. She-Ra as a magical girl anime: a concept
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is set to premiere on November 16, 2018 on Netflix. Mark your calendars!