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Children’s show ‘Bluey’ dogged by diversity critique

Mark Levy + Spencer Howson
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Australia’s favourite children’s show Bluey is copping backlash from ABC journalist Beverley Wang, who is arguing the cartoon’s characters lack diversity. 

In an opinion piece published on the ABC website, Ms Wang wrote: “Where are the disabled, queer, poor, gender diverse, dogs of colour and single-parent dog families in Bluey’s Brisbane?”

Justin Rouillon co-hosts a podcast called ‘Bluey’s Brisbane’ and said it was a very authentic show.

“I think the consensus is that people don’t really want the formula changed,” he told Spencer Howson on 4BC Drive.

He said Bluey, which was created by Joe Brumm, is his observations of parenting and family life.

“I don’t think we need to be dismissive of someone like Ms Wang’s opinion, but it definitely is Joe’s life on the screen.”

He said there were a few characters in the show who showed diversity.

Click PLAY below to hear his observations

Mark Levy was not swayed by Ms Wang’s words.

“I don’t mean to be rude to Beverley Wang, but it’s a blue dog,” he said. “It’s a cartoon! What’s next?

“Ms Wang, are you going to be unhappy at the fact there aren’t any German Shepherds or French Bulldogs? Does that make Bluey racist?

“I’m beyond the point where I get angry about it.”

Press PLAY below to hear Mark Levy’s comments in full 

Image: ABC 

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