Netflix Adds Gender Fluid Character to Children's Cartoon 'She-Ra'
New character to be voiced by activist Jacob Tobia who claims to be 'gender-nonconforming'
Netflix has added a new "gender fluid" character to its children's cartoon "She-Ra and the Princesses of Power."
The streaming service announced that the new role will be the first "gender non-binary" character in the popular show.
The character, Double Trouble, will be added to the upcoming fourth season of "She-Ra" - a loose spin-off of the 80s classic "He-Man."
Double Trouble will be voiced by actor and activist Jacob Tobia, who was born male but "identifies" to be “gender-nonconforming.”
Tobia announced the news in a video on Instagram.
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“Tobia voices Double Trouble, a non-binary shape-shifting mercenary from the Crimson Waste, who joins forces with Catra and the Horde,” DreamWorks Animation said in a press release.
The production company says they spend hours in "character study" to create the new "gender fluid" role, saying:
“Able to magically transform themselves into any person they see, Double Trouble has the soul of a thespian, spending hours in ‘character study’ trying to perfectly mimic their target, and always looking for feedback on their ‘performance’ – just don’t ever give them a negative critique.”
According to Entertainment Weekly, the studio teased the fourth season saying “the respective rises of Queen Glimmer as leader of the Rebellion and Catra as co-leader of the Horde.
"As the Horde makes advances on the Rebellion under the looming threat of Horde Prime’s arrival, the Princess Alliance makes heroic strides but begins to disagree on the best way to defend Etheria.
"Ultimately, a shocking discovery about Etheria itself causes Adora to reconsider everything she thought she knew.”
The cartoon series is based on the 1980s Masters of the Universe toyline.
It has a history of adding LGBTQ characters, and other characters representing minorities.
Season four of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power hits Netflix on November 4.