A children’s animation series which follows the adventures of young boy who morphs into a kickass superhero girl to fight crime will begin to air in the UK later this year.
SheZow, which will be shown on BSkyB, centres around 12-year-old schoolboy Guy Hamdon. His aunt dies and leaves him a magic ring that causes him to change identity whilst shouting, ‘You go, girl!’Appropriately, SheZow comes complete with her own recognisable costume: a purple skirt and white go-go boots. She’s also kitted out with an arsenal of gadgets, including laser lipstick and vanishing cream.
When the show was picked up in the US, chief executive of US cable network The Hub, Margaret Loesch said, ‘When I first heard about the show, my reaction was: ‘Are you out of your minds?’ Then I looked at it and I thought: “This is just funny.’ On the flipside, an article by the Daily Mail quoted American author Ben Shapiro as saying, ‘Nothing says ‘child appropriate’ quite like gender-bending underage superheroes.’
GLAAD responded to Shapiro’s article, saying, ‘This … article is just a laughable attempt at attention seeking, comparable to Jerry Falwell attacking the Teletubbies, and demonstrates a profound ignorance of transgender people since this show doesn’t include any.’
SheZow, which was commisioned in Australia, has been showing regularly on Network Ten since December 2012.