She-Ra And The Princesses Of Power's Team Share The Importance Of Equality In Etheria

In Netflix’s She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, sexism doesn’t exist.

This is the world that showrunner Noelle Stevenson has strived to create. In this video interview with Gizmodo, Stevenson and others share how She-Ra has reclaimed the princess archetype and fostered an environment of equality and community, both in front of and behind the scenes.

Stevenson chatted with Gizmodo at New York Comic Con about the importance of creating a fantasy series that wasn’t limited by things like sexism. For example, many of the people in positions of power on the series are women, and the character of Bow has two fathers.

It reflects Stevenson’s previous work on Steven Universe, a highly progressive show that strove for fair, positive, and equal representation.

“One of the things I’ve tried really hard to do with the show is set up a world where gender is just almost not really an issue,” Stevenson told us. “It’s a world where sexism doesn’t exist—even in the Horde, which has a lot of gender parity, even though they’re villains.”

The importance of equality also extended behind the scenes. For example, the role of Princess Adora, a white character, is played by Aimee Carrero, who is Latina. During our interview, she chatted about how thrilled she was that the people creating the show didn’t limit casting based on ethnicity.

This is something we see all too often for actors of colour. It’s especially unfortunate given how often white actors are cast in roles that were originally designed for people of colour.

“I think that it was really cool that never once in my audition process was that, ‘Well can she play a Caucasian? I mean, can a Latin girl play a Caucasian?’ It was never a part of the conversation, which I’m really thankful [for],” Carrero said. “I hope that that’s the trend and that’s the future, of not just animation but also live-action camera work.”

Check out the rest of our video interview for more. The first season of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power debuts on Netflix November 13.


Comments

    Well, if it's so egalitarian how come the hero is a princess? Monarchy and nobility is the epitome of unfairness, couldn't they turn Etheria into a republic? (or into a commune, but maybe this was too much for TV).

    I only watched a couple of minutes with my Son, he enjoyed it and I thought it was pretty rad.

    Hope they can deliver the good message and good story thing that they used to do with cartoons without going too utopian (conflict creates good story and depth)

    This line through me off though "During our interview, she chatted about how thrilled she (a Latino playing a white character) was that the people creating the show didn’t limit casting based on ethnicity".

    I thought this was the norm especially for animation, best voice for the character? Or in film it's about star power and bums in theatre seats.

    It's a bit of a double edged sword. On the one hand you're showing the ideal and that it can work. What that doesn't do though is show people living in a world full of sexism and gender bias how they can deal with the problems affecting them and strive to improve their situation.

    You're showing a person what they could have if they knew how to fish, but not teaching them how to actually fish.

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