Ready for Netflix’s reboot of The Baby-Sitters Club? Expect some modern twists, particularly where a 9-year-old child is concerned.
As reported by Christian Headlines, the new program — rated TV-G — will feature a young boy identifying as a young girl.
Per CH, episode four will see character Mary Anne asked to babysit Bailey, played by Kai Shappley.
Kai’s a male child actor who himself identifies as a female child actor.
“I give two thumbs up for the entire cast but especially to Kai Shappley for seamlessly transitioning from the world that I knew her from in Austin fighting the bathroom bills, to the gracious young lady she is now.”#bsc #DDOKIDS #Netflix #thatssoDDO https://t.co/OHWtbU7H9y
— Kimberly Shappley 😇 she/her (@shappleyk) July 7, 2020
On top of everything else, The Baby-Sitters Club cast a trans actress to play a trans character. Meet Kai Shappley, who plays Bailey in episode 4! pic.twitter.com/uvNIMK8dOr
— Ashley Spencer (@AshleyySpencer) July 7, 2020
From the outlet:
“In episode 4, Mary Anne – one of the five sitters – is asked by a child’s mother to keep a little girl named Bailey. Mary Anne and Bailey hold a tea party in Bailey’s room, and when Bailey spills water on her pink dress, Mary Anne opens the little girl’s closet to get a change of clothes. But she only finds boys’ clothes.”
The kid explains to Mary Anne — that’s his old clothes, from his old identity.
Mary Anne narrates:
“That’s when I understood: Bailey was a little girl, and her new clothes help people see it.”
CH notes the new show — which is available in children’s Netflix profiles — was among the streaming giant’s 10-most popular titles in last Thursday’s listings.
As pointed out by The Daily Wire, the Bailey storyline serves up a large lesson in sexuality:
Further exploring LGBT themes, Mary Anne later seeks council from her friend Dawn, whose father is gay. According to Dawn, being transgender is about as natural as being left-handed.
“It’s like this: Are you right-handed or left-handed?” Dawn asks Mary Anne.
“Right,” Mary Anne responds.
“And if someone tried to make you do everything with your left hand, it would be super-weird right?” Dawn asks before adding, “Well, that’s how Bailey feels. The same way that you know that you’re right-handed, Bailey knows she’s a girl. … We all want our outsides to match our insides.”
Enlightened by Dawn’s woke musings, Mary Anne later takes Bailey to the hospital after he falls ill and lectures the doctors about the cruelties of treating him according to his biological sex. “Bailey is not a boy, and by treating her like one, you are completely ignoring who she is,” she says.
Such clear messages are the rule of the day. Case in point: As I covered recently, July 21st will serve up Sports Illustrated’s first Swimsuit Issue spotlighting a man identifying as a woman.
The magazine hailed Valentina Sampaio — “a true pioneer for the LGBT+ community and just simply (who) embodies the well-rounded woman we are proud to have represent SI Swimsuit across our platforms.”
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I am excited and honored to be part of the iconic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. The team at SI has created yet another groundbreaking issue by bringing together a diverse set of multitalented, beautiful women in a creative and dignified way. I was born trans in a remote, humble fishing village in northern Brazil. Brazil is a beautiful country, but it also hosts the highest number of violent crimes and murders against the trans community in the world—three times that of the U.S. Being trans usually means facing closed doors to peoples’ hearts and minds. We face snickers, insults, fearful reactions and physical violations just for existing. Our options for growing up in a loving and accepting family, having a fruitful experience at school or finding dignified work are unimaginably limited and challenging. 💜🧡💛❤️💚
It’s a new world. And a new club — one full of babysitters learning that the old saying no longer applies: “Boys will be boys.”
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