as with PP my kids are older so i haven’t ever really watched Bluey, i know about it though, and know that it’s extremely popular in the demographic. so, with that in mind - i take this quote from the article -
“Where are the disabled, queer, poor, gender diverse, dogs of colour and single-parent dog families in Bluey’s Brisbane? If they’re in the background, let them come forward. (Maynard, voiced by Sean Choolburra, I’m looking at you.)”
my initial reaction is a bit “huh? it’s about a dog…is it representative of the dog community?” but then i guess that’s probably a tad churlish - clearly the shows makers are appealing to children through the character - they want kids to sympathise and see themselves in the characters, so, maybe it should be more representative. i assume it certainly doesn’t denigrate any particular minority, which is good. as the article states, quoting a professor of children’s literature -
There’s no narrative that’s perfect," Dr Chapman says. “We have to keep thinking of the possibilities, right?”
there would always be room for improvement. If a show called Bluey, about a blue dog is seen to be too - white middle class ableist etc then i’d certainly be open to the shows creators injecting some more diversity into it - but here’s the rub - how to do that in a way that’s not tokenistic and condescending?
if the show resonates, isn’t punching down, has a positive message - “maybe” that can be enough?