The third episode of Spin-off series from Big Hero 6 Baymax! got a lot of attention online. A specific scene featuring a trans man character sparked multiple discussions among viewers and fans.
From the 2014 animated film Big Hero 6, Baymax! follows the adventures of our trusted inflatable health companion. The Big Hero 6 spin-off series features a medical robot named Baymax and his sidekick Hiro Hamada.
In the show’s third episode, Baymax goes to the store and doesn’t know what to get Sofia, a preteen going through puberty. It was Sofia’s first period. Then Baymax then asks a woman for suggestions. Many people came to Baymax for help, including a trans man wearing a transgender flag shirt. The trans man suggested getting the pads with wings on them.
It was this scene that aroused the interest of viewers. Some “fans” were quick to express their frustrations and disappointment with the scene. However, others praised the show for being inclusive and opening a doorway for dialogue.
Big Hero 6 spin-off series sparked reactions on social media platforms
Sophia is in great distress in this third episode of the Big Hero 6 spin-off series due to its rules coming out for the first time. Of course, Baymax is always there to help.
For a series whose target audience is children, this has become controversial. The inclusion of LGBTQ+ in a series aimed at young people has received a lot of praise and also a lot of backlash. There were disappointed people. Likewise, some have questioned the need to include a trans male in the series. Meanwhile, some parents have expressed concerns about their children’s confusion. They claim that the show will affect their children’s thinking about sexuality.
A Twitter user expressed his disapproval of the series. Saying the scene is “part of Disney’s plan to rethink the discourse around children and sexuality.”
EXCLUSIVE: I got leaked video from Disney’s upcoming show ‘Baymax’, which promotes the transgender flag and the idea that men can menstruate with kids as young as two.
It’s all part of Disney’s plan to rethink the talk about children and sexuality. pic.twitter.com/y1ATnKCEce
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) June 28, 2022
Still, even with the backlash, many fans praised Disney for the move. Many fan tweets showed their support for Baymax’s actions. They said Baymax was just doing its innate, programmed job: helping people with medical needs. Menstruation is a medical concern.
More LGBTQ+ inclusions in Baymax! Series and others
The inclusion of LGBTQ+ characters did not end in this episode. In the next episode of Big Hero 6 spin-off series, Baymax helped a man ask another man out on a date. This episode received support and praise from the LGBTQ+ community. It was nice to see that a mainstream show has a stance on issues like this.
Disney seemed to show gender and puberty content to its viewers through its animated films. For example, Lightyear and Turning Red. However, we remember that Disney would have liked to delete a kissing scene between a lesbian couple in Light year. After some backlash, they held the stage.
Meanwhile, Pixar turn red showed us the successful portrait of a teenager going through puberty.
Disney’s take on LGBTQ+ inclusion
The company recently came under fire after removing LGBTQ+ scenes from their films in response to Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill. Their lack of a position on the bill has fueled widespread protests from Disney workers and fans. Yet the current hold in the Big Hero 6 The spin-off series shows how the company approaches this topic. Disney CEO Bob Chapek stays true to his word. Disney has an “unwavering commitment to the LGBTQ+ community”.
We all have different preferences and biases. However, we can only bring inclusion to society through love and acceptance. Normalizing scenes like this in mainstream media helps create a community where everyone feels safe, regardless of who they are. The inclusion of LGBTQ+ characters in animated films is becoming a norm in the film industry and creating space for dialogue. As it should be.
Catch more of our new Baymax ally in Disney’s Big Hero 6 derivative series, Baymax!streaming now on Disney+!
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