‘Blues Clues’ keeps hitting it out of the park, dropping their new sing-along for Pride month. The cartoon didn’t shy away from inclusion, showing trans, nonbinary, and gay characters, featuring a drag queen, and validating everyone. The video is hitting hard, and the public response is very appreciative.
The YouTube video dropped Friday, and it has been getting reactions all weekend. There are over a quarter-million views on the original post on the Blues Clues YouTube page, and it has also been uploaded and shared widely on social media.
As you can see, it features drag queen Nina West, in cartoon form, as well as nonbinary animals, an alligator family with two moms, a bear family with two dads, a beaver family with transgender members, and even an ‘allies’ float.
On social media, it’s very clear how much this representation means, and the consensus seems to be that Nickelodeon got it very, very right.
Blues clues pride parade really got me like pic.twitter.com/kMLOTZnmGF
— 🎃Spookadeamus🎃 (@Sakadeamus) May 29, 2021
blues clues taking the time to give this beaver top scars makes me feel a lot of feelings ngl pic.twitter.com/tjYf70w5L0
— werejack 🌕🍂 (@WaferBiscuits) May 29, 2021
blues clues said fuck it, everyone is valid pic.twitter.com/Ff2P4pmDNU
— Burssty² (@SarahBurssty) May 30, 2021
There is something so funny about western animation trying to tip toe around having super explicit lgbt+ representation for years just for Blues Clues to go "Nah you're all taking to long watch this."
— Spinel-O-Launtern/Willoween🎃 (@Spinellaby) May 30, 2021
Retweet Blues Clues gay frogs to scare Alex Jones pic.twitter.com/cYFfcOLzlq
— bͭaͥᵍeͤlͬ ✈️ BLFC (@BagelTiger) May 30, 2021
if rainbow capitalism bad why does the blues clues pride parade song sound so GOOD /hj
but seriously Blues Clues is SO GOOD for this. It’s not just tacky rainbows. They did their homework and showed how much they actually care about Pride. Its so adorable pic.twitter.com/elvC6OvPeC
— ♪ angel ♪ (@AngelDearests) May 28, 2021
People are even finding little bits of representation in the video beyond the specifics identified in the verse.
There’s also more subtle inclusion, such as a wheelchair user and an owl in a hijab.
This isn’t completely new from Blues Clues, either. They also dropped a sweet video in February of Blue singing the Alphabet Song — with a little adaptation.
Yes, that’s a Pride flag on the letter P (accompanied by the lyric, “P is full of pride!”) and E “is for everyone” is portrayed with figures in a wide range of skin tones, body types, and disabilities.
These videos are on the Blues Clues YouTube page, where parents can make their own choices about showing them to kids, but the fact that they exist at all is a pretty massive step.
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Steph Bazzle reports on social issues and religion for Hill Reporter. She focuses on stories that speak to everyone's right to practice what they believe in and receive the support of their communities and government officials. You can reach her at Steph@HillReporter.com