For those unfamiliar with the original series, the character – Hee Man’s twin sister – is a warrior with long blonde hair, a very short skirt and prominent breasts. The redesign, however, features a desexualised She-Ra, with the show focussing on her ability and courage rather than her cleavage.
Now male fans of the original have taken to Twitter to complain that the new animation isn’t sexy enough for them. Yes, really.
Dreamworks is making a Netflix original about She-Ra. People are saying her new design is way to masculine/tomboyish. I think the design is much more realistic from a beauty standard perspective and more attainable by the new show’s target audience. PS She-Ra is canonically 16 pic.twitter.com/8TtoYw8Mo5
— Ryan Marren (@MarrenRyan) July 18, 2018Advertisement
The character is 16 in the series, and since this is a series that is being made for kids, we are pretty confused about why men are angry about the protagonist’s desexualisation.
Netflix is clearly afraid of She-Ra looking like a beautiful woman.
Of course. Look how scary she can be. pic.twitter.com/WEzq9ZB8e2
— Daddy Warpig (@Daddy_Warpig) July 15, 2018
Boyish lesbian re-imagines SHE-RA as a boyish lesbian.
The utter selfishness and egotism of this is astounding. pic.twitter.com/PXIcoNkpaF
— Diversity & Comics (@DiversityAndCmx) July 15, 2018
— Liam (@TribalSpaceman) July 14, 2018
In response to the patriarchal backlash, many users jumped to the defence of the reboot.
A show that is for girls should be teaching girls that they are worthy of respect no matter how they look. That they can be heroes no matter how they look. And grown men are basically saying “how dare you tell girls not to prioritize our opinions on how they should look!?”
— Annalee (@leeflower) July 15, 2018
— Ranran ???? (@_ranico) July 18, 2018
The male creator of the original She-Ra, J. Michael Straczynski, also released a series of tweets addressing the matter. He explains that She-Ra was always a warrior first and foremost, and that her body had nothing to do with it.
The importance of young women having positive female role models that reflect what they look like cannot be underestimated, and the desexualisation of She-Ra will inevitably be celebrated by parents of the children who will enjoy the show when it’s released.
She-ra and the Princesses of Power will be released on Netflix later this year.