Have you wondered why all your favorite kids shows have suddenly gone woke, from gay Spongebob to Arthur teacher Mr. Ratburn getting married to a man, to pride parades on Blue's Clues to drag queens singing Disney songs with Kermit the Frog?
It isn't a coincidence.
A recent, extensive report by Entertainment Insider highlights the increase of LGBTQ messaging in children's programming, and explains that LGBTQ activists behind the scenes have made it happen.
"The rise of gender-diverse representation isn't a coincidence," Insider reports. "Shows created and run by queer women, trans, and nonbinary showrunners are largely responsible for the influx of nonbinary and trans characters in kids' animation."
One way activists have accomplished this is by getting around the typical merit-based hiring process, and searching specifically new staff that are members of the LGBTQ community.
You don't need to have skill or a qualified education to get a job making kids shows anymore: all you need is a trendy sexual appetite and a desire to sexualize cartoons!
Taneka Stotts, a "genderfluid" writer on Steven Universe: Future, told Insider that nonbinary, bisexual showrunner creator Rebecca Sugar "went out of the way" to make sure a show was staffed by so-called "inclusive" standards, and that new talent was searched for on platforms like Twitter and Tumblr, rather than traditional hiring avenues.
"Visible queer content and multiple queer creators means no one has to feel isolated the way that I did," Sugar said.
One transgender showrunner, Shadi Petosky, told Insider that it isn't enough for LGBTQ activists to simply get roles within the entertainment industry, they must also make sure that pro-LGBTQ content makes it into the shows.
Here's some info from Insider showing how the sexualization of kids shows have happened over the years:
Breitbart noted that "it is virtually impossible to find a TV series without a gay character or LGBTQ theme," with 259 LGBT characters in today's children's TV shows.
Even Hollywood actresses like Kirstie Alley are starting to think we've gone too far (about 20 years too late). She says our current culture "would have been praising Caligula, an infamously depraved emperor of Rome.
I'm starting to think that the famous Mr. Antoine Dodson had a prophetic moment all those years ago: