A Disney XD cartoon seems to be supporting the idea of gender neutrality or gender fluidity on a recent episode of “Star vs. The Forces of Evil.”
The plotline of the cartoon series follows a magical princess, Star Butterfly, who has been temporarily adopted by the Diaz’s, an Earth family. The leading male character, Marco Diaz (voiced by Adam McArthur), is the family’s son and joins Star on adventures throughout the universe.
A recent plotline has Marco disguising himself as a girl named “Princess Turdina,” as he attempts to save princesses at St. Olga’s Reform School for Wayward Princesses from the villain: headmistress Ms. Heinous.
His costume includes the application of eye makeup, blush, and lipstick.
After a series of events, Marco prepares to reveal his disguise to his classmates, but the evil Ms. Heinous “storms in and outs him herself, pulling down his shirt to reveal a strand of chest hair,” Entertainment Weekly reports.
After Marco is revealed to be a boy, the other princesses at the school stand by and support him in any identity he prefers.
EW described the students’ responses:
“That doesn’t prove anything! Princesses can be hairy!” one student exclaims.
“Why does it matter if he’s a boy? Nothing he said was wrong,” another exclaims.
Others join the chorus by saying, “Yeah, we believe in you, Turdina,” “Turdina is a state of mind,” and, “He can be a princess if he wants to!”
Ms. Heinous is eventually felled by the students, who form a rebellion and force her to travel back through the portal from which she came. A dance party ensues, and one of the students wants to snap a selfie with the “boy princess.”
You can watch the clip from the episode, “Princess Turdina,” below.