×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘She-Ra’ Reboot Star on Backlash: ‘People Should Know Not to Criticize Women’s Bodies’

When first images of DreamWorks Animation’s She-Ra reboot were released back in July, a few (vocal) fans were upset. Complaining about the new style and look, their online upset generated a bit of attention. But the modern day creators have had it with the sexist commentary from the Internet. And they’re not backing down.

“Boyish lesbian re-images SHE-RA as a boyish lesbian,” mocked one user in a now-deleted tweet. Another opined, “Netflix is clearly afraid of She-Ra looking like a beautiful woman.”

At the Netflix panel for “She-Ra and the Princess of Power” Thursday at New York Comic-Con, Aimee Carrero (“Elena of Avalor”), who voices the titular character, called the comments sexist but “easy to ignore.”

“It’s 2018 and we’re commenting on women’s bodies still?”Carrero said. “We’re still doing that? Haven’t we learned enough? So it’s kind of boring, to be honest, and easy to ignore.”

Noelle Stevenson, the show’s creator, also said it was unfair to focus on negative reactions as she has found the reception to be overwhelmingly positive.

“We have this wall of fan art in the office that we’ve been adding to, whenever new fan art comes in and it’s exploded. That’s so much of what I’ve seen in response and by comparison, the naysayers haven’t been the loudest voice,” Stevenson said. “So I think, when I get that question, I’m kinda just like, ‘Why are those the voices that we center? Why are those the opinions that we raise up, above other opinions?’ I’m interested in that.”

What more, nitpicking appearances misses the core of the show, which is about female empowerment.

“Sure, it’s easy to shoot the rhetorical fish in this barrel by pointing out that grown men shouldn’t sexualize kids’ cartoons. But I think it goes further than that,” a Twitter user pointed out. “It’s about what She-Ra teaches children about how girls should look. A show that is for girls should be teaching girls that they are worthy of respect no matter how they look.”

The majority of voices online seem to not only defend the reboot, but applaud the new narrative given to the character, which was evident in the new trailer released at the convention (above).

“She-Ra and the Princesses of Power” premieres on Netflix on Nov. 16.

More TV

  • 'Super Shiro' Anime Series Inspired by

    'Super Shiro' Anime Series Inspired by 'Crayon Shin-chan'

    The enduringly popular Japanese cartoon franchise “Crayon Shin-chan” has inspired a new animated TV series, “Super Shiro.” “Crayon Shin-chan” has been on air since 1992 and inspired 26 feature films. “Super Shiro” is a fast-paced chase series, for kids, based on original IP by Yoshito Usui and scripted by on Kimiko Ueno.  The series is [...]

  • Us Television Writers and Producers Maria

    Mad Men’s’ Andre, Maria Jacquemetton Set for Series Mania’s UGC Writers Campus

    MADRID — André and Maria Jacquemetton, the Emmy and WGA Award-winning writer-producers of AMC’s “Mad Men” and consulting producers on Amazon Studios’ “The Romanoffs,” will serve as Guests of Honor at Series Mania’s UGC Writers Campus, a workshop whose participants include Denmark’s Christina Miller-Harris and Israel’s Noy Carmel. The Jacquemettons will deliver a masterclass and [...]

  • China Plans Remake of BBC Time-Travel

    China Plans Remake of BBC Time-Travel Cop Show ‘Life on Mars’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    A Chinese “Life on Mars” is in the works after BBC Studios and Phoenix Entertainment inked a deal to create a Mandarin-language version of the time-travel cop series. BBC Studios will officially unveil the format deal at Showcase, its annual programming market for international buyers, which is now underway in Liverpool, England. “Life on Mars” [...]

  • DF-10193 – L-R: Ben Hardy (Roger Taylor),

    'Bohemian Rhapsody' Leads MPSE Golden Reel Awards for Sound Editing

    “Bohemian Rhapsody” followed up love from Cinema Audio Society sound mixers with a pair of honors at the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ 66th annual Golden Reel Awards Sunday night. The musical biopic scored wins for dialogue and ADR as well as sound editing in a musical. The film is nominated for sound editing at the Oscars [...]

  • Melissa McCarthy as "Lee Israel" and

    WGA Awards 2019: 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?,' 'Eighth Grade' Win Screenplay Awards

    In a pair of upsets, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” has won the Writers Guild of America’s adapted screenplay award for Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty and Bo Burnham has won the original screenplay award for “Eighth Grade.” The major television trophies went to “The Americans,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Homeland” and “Barry” for the [...]

  • 50 Cent Power

    NYPD Officer Under Investigation for Allegedly Telling Police to Shoot 50 Cent 'on Sight'

    A New York City precinct commander is under investigation for allegedly telling officers to shoot rapper 50 Cent on sight, a police rep confirmed to Variety on Sunday. “The matter is under internal review,” an NYPD rep said, declining to answer further questions. Deputy Inspector Emanuel Gonzalez is accused of telling officers during a June 7 roll [...]

  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    'Bohemian Rhapsody,' 'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Among Cinema Audio Society Winners

    Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” won the Cinema Audio Society’s top prize for sound mixing at Saturday night’s 55th annual CAS Awards. The film is Oscar-nominated for sound mixing this year along with “Black Panther,” “First Man,” “Roma” and “A Star Is Born.” In a surprise over heavy-hitters “Incredibles 2” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Wes [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content