An episode of “Transformer: EarthSpark” sparked controversy by introducing a non-binary robot character to its young audience.
A viral clip shared Thursday on Twitter by Libs of TikTok shows Nightshade, a non-binary identifying alien robot, tellsingSam, a self-identifying she/they, about preferred pronouns.
“My pronouns are they/them,” Nightshade said in an introduction to Sam.
Computers are literally binary lol
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 13, 2023
The two characters sat down atop the roof of a building. Sam shared the sentiment that the world is a “scary place” where it is “hard to know whose dangerous or not.” Nightshade agreed, disappointed.
“Hey, it’s ok. I know I’m safe when I’m with my friends or other non-binary people,” Sam said, comforting Nightshade.
Sam explained that non-binary people are individuals who don’t identify as male or female. After a silent pause, she apologized to Nightshade for assuming the robot was also non-binary.
“I always knew my pronouns felt right, but what a wonderful word for a wonderful experience,” Nightshade responded.
Another segment from an earlier episode shows a human character tell Optimus Prime, a robot character, that Nightshade uses they/them pronouns.
Here’s the first time this theme showed up in the new TF https://t.co/UoYlbmlmpo
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“He or she just doesn’t fit who I am,” Nightshade said.
Optimus Prime apologized, referring to Nightshade as “they” in an act of affirmation.
Twitter users expressed outrage toward the series, viewing its themes as propaganda. Political commentator Megyn Kelly retweeted the viral clips, denouncing the show as “disgusting.”
This is DISGUSTING https://t.co/RcRiUIcmqd
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) May 12, 2023
“Transformers: EarthSpark” is based on the toyl ine by Hasbro, who owns and distributes the series through streaming service Paramount+. The show was released in November 2022, featuring a mix of human and robot characters navigating life on Earth, which must be protected in the aftermath of a war between Autobots and Decepticons.
So many stupid people out there!
Don’t Support Paramount or Hasbro. They can take their rotten toys and their they/them pronouns and stick it all up their perverted a$$holes.
All I can say is, “We will never have leaders again like Our Founding Fore Fathers”! They are truely gone forever.