SHEZOW - Disney's first genderbending superhero(ine)?
Shitstorms are brewing in the geeky underbelly of the internet and the show hasn't even aired yet. Check out a timeline of an obscure Disney short and its rise to high-heeled infamy.
- In 2005, G4 aired Shezaam, an animated adult-oriented short about a sanitation worker named Joe who unintentionally puts on a power ring meant to be worn by a woman. He becomes the superheroine Shezaam. The plot was predictable, the characters bland, and the crude unsuccessful short fell into a well-deserved obscurity.
- The creator behind Shezaam cleaned the premise up and in 2007, viewers of Disney's Shorty McShorts' Shorts were introduced to Shezow. The four-minute short is the story of Guy, a boy who tries on his aunt's ring and accidentally becomes Shezow. He fights off bullies as a bastion of female intuition, with the help of his sister's comic book know-how. While an improvement of its tasteless predecessor, the animation is also soon forgotten after airing.
- Five years later, faint rumours of a a transgendered/crossdressing superhero cartoon kicked around online. In September, Shezow creators set up a Facebook, and buzz grew with articles recommending Shezow as a promising new show.
- It was only until an opening song popped up on Youtube in October that interest flared on 4chan and Tumblr.
- Have fun they did.
- On 4chan's /co/, countless Shezow general threads flooded the board. Fearing a rehash of the brony outbreak of 2011, moderators are quick to ban them despite the legitimate discussions and content produced. Tumblr's reception has varied from delight to disgust.
- A twitter account claiming to be Shezow's creator Obie Scott Wade tweeted global waves the show generated. Although Shezow has been picked up, a premiere date has yet to be announced.
- From feminists and anonymous posters, Shezow garnered critics claiming the show to be sexist, a rehash of other genderbending concepts, executed poorly, or a case of My Little Pony tier obsessing waiting to happen. Playing the genderbending concept "for laughs" instead of using the premise more originally is a problem many have voiced distaste for.
- Perhaps an example of a gender-fluid/crossdressing caped crusader done right would be Cybersix. Many Canadians will remember the 90's Argentinian series that aired on broadcaster Teletoon. To make a long story short (genetic experiments, a batshit crazy plot and cyborgs are involved), Cybersix featured a woman who fought crime at night and taught at high school as a man during the day.