One of the original co-creators of She-Ra, J. Michael Straczynski, has spoken out against critics of the character's new design for the upcoming She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Netflix series. Although critics think She-Ra was created as an idealized version of a woman, Straczynski denies that was ever the case.
Straczynski and Larry DiTillio created She-Ra in 1985. At the time, He-Man was popular with boys, but Mattel wanted to have a character that would appeal to girls. That character was Adora, a young woman kidnapped as a child. She later learns that she is a princess and twin sister to Prince Adam, who is He-Man. Adora eventually arms herself with the Sword of Protection, which gives her the power to transform into She-Ra. Much like her brother, She-Ra has incredible strength, but she only uses her power as a last resort, preferring more peaceful methods over combat.
After Netflix revealed a new character design for its She-Ra and the Princesses of Power series, toxic fandom began to rear its ugly head. Many cited that the latest version of She-Ra did not match up with the idealized version of a woman that the original character represented. However, Straczynski took to Twitter to set people straight: She-Ra's creators never thought of her as an idealized woman. Instead, she was created to appeal to little girls.
This probably won't stop some of the comments that revolve around She-Ra's new look. Some fans seem not to like the new costume. Others, though, seem to embrace misogyny, with many commenting on the fact that her breasts are small and that she doesn't look sexy enough. Unfortunately, this is typical behavior from the toxic fandom community, who seem to think that creators are creating things solely for them. After all, it happened with the casting of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and this type of behavior recently drove Star Wars' Kelly Marie Tran off social media. It's no surprise that even She-Ra is not immune to such Internet toxicity.
Fortunately, She-Ra's new creator, Noelle Stevenson, has received a lot of support for the new series, as she should. For those criticizing the new look, it's evident that this series is not for them. Instead, the new She-Ra and the Princesses of Power will appeal to modern girls, and that's all that really matters. Imagine all those thrilled little girls dressing like She-Ra for Halloween. She-Ra is back, and she's better than ever.
Source: J. Michael Straczynski
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