Call the dogs ABC, there’s nothing wrong with Bluey
Call your dogs on Bluey, aunt.
In a friendly fire incident, the global blockbuster ABC children’s show was struck down by a ABC commentator lamenting his lack of diversity, but as a father of a three year old i have watched each episode at least a dozen times and can report that there are a LOT of different races in there.
If all of Bluey’s dogs were homogenized blue heels, then yes, something weird and supremacist would be going on. But in addition to the central heel family, there’s Indy, the hippie Afghan dog, Jean-Luc the French-Canadian Labrador, Coco the pink poodle, and many more. We don’t know the ethnicities of the child actors voicing these dogs, or the dogs themselves – and we shouldn’t care. These are cartoon dogs!
Mapping race on them would be deeply strange, like asking Scooby-Doo to take a 23andMe test.
When it comes to portraying people with disabilities, there’s an exciting episode revolving around Jack Russell’s character’s struggle with ADHD, and one about Pom-Pom, the little Pomeranian, whose strength turns out to be his smallness and its robustness.
There seem to be quite a few single-parent dog families (we never see Lucky’s mom).
However, I admit I’m disappointed that Bluey on Uncle Rad, with his gorgeous’ 80s metal hairstyle, didn’t turn out to be the show’s first officially queer character, but there is still time.
You can still learn lessons about life, love, and parenthood without diving headlong into the swamp of flashpoint conflicts raging in the real world.
Would I be in favor of a character who rides on one of these amazing dog wheelchairs? Absolutely, but only if it serves the story, and there is something important to add to Bluey’s world, not just tokenism.
This show is written and created by masters of the trade and they should not be questioned or handed quotas. They know what they are doing.
If you really want to look for a problem, this is it: given the real human demographics of Queensland, the Bluey show boasts a lot more diversity than any show set in Brisbane.
It’s only a matter of time before the creators introduce the previously unseen hordes of cats who presumably were forced out in the outlying suburbs, living in fear of these inner-city middle-class dogs and avoiding dog parks after dark.
Originally posted under the title Call off the dogs ABC, There’s Nothing Wrong With Bluey