It simply cannot be said enough: representation matters. It’s so important for people of all ages to see themselves reflected in the media and in popular culture, and it’s particularly so for kids. That’s why for many, it’s welcome news that Gonzo, the popular character from Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies, has come out as non-binary and announced the use of they/them pronouns.
GONZO NON-BINARY ICON CONFIRMED https://t.co/gx96wdfGRz
— Carly Usdin (@carlytron) July 26, 2021
Disney Junior’s Muppet Babies is all about spreading the love. It’s not just adults that are gender non-conforming – many kids know from early on that they don’t quite fit the standard mold when it comes to gender expression. Having the Emmy-nominated animated series embrace the non-binary community and show them love and acceptance is so wonderful.
Gonzo came out in a recent episode called “Gonzo-rella.” In the episode, Gonzo uses they/them pronouns and wears a dress because why shouldn’t they? While the character didn’t use the words non-binary to describe themselves, the term isn’t necessary – it’s what kids are seeing that matters.
The story is told in ways kids understand. “Gonzo-rella” sees Gonzo absolutely killing it in their princess dress at a royal ball, though Miss Piggy and her friend Summer Penguin aren’t feeling it. Miss Piggy insists that “the girls come as princesses, and the boys come as knights.” Apparently, those are the rules in some unknown “royal handbook” and they refuse to let it go.
Gonzo ultimately reaches self-acceptance. During a visit from their “fairy rat-father,” Gonzo admits that they don’t want everyone to be upset with them because they want to wear a dress, but after a glittery makeover, no one can deny that Gonzo looks fierce. Even Miss Piggy comes around and respects Gonzo’s pronouns by the end of the episode.
This is such a small but meaningful step. Anything that encourages acceptance, understanding, and respect for everyone’s differences can only be a good thing, right? You go, Gonzo!
I'm sobbing the they/them pronouns and gonzo got to wear the dress 😭 this is so cute https://t.co/gdD9g4jab9
— mallow (@malvaes_) July 24, 2021
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