A new episode of a Netflix Jr. cartoon for preschoolers is drawing backlash for teaching children they can identify as “nonbinary” and use “they/them” pronouns.
The newest season of “Ridley Jones,” released on March 6, features a coming-of-age episode entitled “Happy Herd Day.” A female bison named “Fred” is eager to show off her leadership skills to Grandma Dottie but gets nervous after realizing Dottie doesn’t know about Fred’s new pronouns and name choice.
“Grandma doesn’t know I changed. She still thinks I’m her granddaughter instead of her grandFred…I do want to tell her,” Fred tells Ridley.
Later in the episode, Fred “comes out” to Grandma Dottie, portrayed by singer and LGBT activist Cyndi Lauper, after Dottie uses Fred’s real name, “Winifred.”
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“My heart says that the way I feel most myself is to go by the name ‘Fred.’ That’s because I’m nonbinary and Fred is the name that fits me best. And I …