With the Rugrats reboot premiering today, it has been announced that a character will be openly gay…
It comes with the hope that the character will become “a beacon for young queer people.”
But it’s caused quite the debate online…
Now, we all remember Rugrats, right?
The Nickelodeon classic first aired way back in 1992…
The show was a huge hit.
People loved the way it showed the world from a baby’s perspective.
It ran for twelve years, leaving our screens in 2004.
Making it the eighth-longest-running American animated television series.
The series even spawned 3 movies.
Rugrats: The Movie, Rugrats in Paris, and Rugrats Go Wild.
It’s been off our screens for many years now.
So earlier this year, when it was announced the show is making a comeback, you can imagine how excited fans were…
The new series is a modern CGI rework of the beloved cartoon.
It will see the original voice actors reprise their roles with E.G. Daily as Tommy, Nancy Cartwright as Chuckie, and Cheryl Chase as Angelica.
And today, another announcement has been made.
One character will be “openly gay.”
But, while it’s a move that has been mostly praised online…
Some have criticized it…
The reboot will see Betty DeVille, mom of Phil and Lil DeVille, as an openly gay character.
She will be voiced by Parks and Recreation star, Natalie Morales, who herself is openly gay.
In a statement to The A.V. Club, Morales said: “Anyone who watched the original show may have had an inkling Betty was a member of the alphabet mafia.”
“Betty is a single mom with her own business who has twins and still has time to hang out with her friends and her community, and I think it’s just so great because examples of living your life happily and healthily as an out queer person is just such a beacon for young queer people who may not have examples of that.”
“And yeah, Betty is a fictional cartoon, but even cartoons were hugely influential for me as a kid and if I’d been watching Rugrats and seen Betty casually talking about her ex-girlfriend, I think at least a part of me would have felt like things might be okay in the future.”
As per LadBible, Ramsey Naito, president of Nickelodeon Animation, also noted: “Rugrats is one of the most iconic cartoons recognized by fans around the globe, and this original version is one we are taking great care and pride in creating for a brand new audience.
“Having the voice cast behind these special characters come together is one of the essential pieces to making the show recognizable and we can’t wait to watch this talented group bring them to life again.”
The show premieres today on Paramount+.
Will you be watching?