The upcoming Paramount+ reboot of classic Nickelodeon cartoon series Rugrats will be showing support to the LGBTQ community in a big way by turning one of the main adult characters into a proud lesbian.
Oh, and she’s single this time around too!
Announced in perfect timing for Pride Month, the gay parent in question will be Phil and Lil’s mom, Betty DeVille. This change doesn’t come as too much of a surprise to longtime fans of the show, as Betty was always depicted as a tomboy who definitely wore the pants in her relationship to “soft-spoken” Howie. Given her place as a single parent this time around, there’s no word yet on whether he’ll play a co-parenting role or be removed from the reboot altogether.
Here’s what openly queer actress Natalie Morales, who’ll be voicing Betty DeVille in the reboot, had to say about the changes in her character’s sexuality, via The A.V. Club:
“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,” she said.
“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,” Morales added.
This isn’t the only television show intended for children to go the gay route. Not too long ago we reported that The Proud Family reboot on Disney+ will introduce gay dads and give lead character Penny Proud an effeminate gay best friend played by E.J. Johnson. The fathers will be voiced by openly gay actors Zachary Quinto and Billy Porter, and anyone that’s seen Magic Johnson’s socialite son before knows that he’ll bring his own realness to the role.
Overall, it looks like a lot of these shows are understanding how different this new era is when it comes to discussing sexuality. Seeing Betty as a football fan that regularly, according to the official description of her character, “cracks jokes about her ex-girlfriends” is definitely something that we’re sure will usher in a more diverse audience.
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