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'Seriously, It’s a Dog': Twitter Ablaze as ABC Declares Australian Cartoon Bluey Not Diverse Enough

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When it comes to animation, children seem to prefer watching cartoons about anthropomorphic animals, not other children - but some people believe that, even in kids' shows which feature dogs, some need to up their game when it comes to displaying diversity.

An Australian children cartoon Bluey, all about a friendly canine family living in Brisbane, has become the target of sudden criticism from TV channel ABC Everyday. Although the adventures of the brightly coloured doggos entertain Australian children, some adults want to see different colours, saying that the show suffers from a lack of representation.

"Where are the disabled, queer, poor, gender-diverse, dogs of colour and single-parent dog families in Bluey's Brisbane? If they're in the background, let them come forward," ABC journalist Beverley Wang said in her opinion piece. "My question is this: Can Bluey be more representative? (And yes, I’m aware that Bluey’s Border Collie pal Mackenzie is from New Zealand)."

Despite the fact that Wang found a lot of reasons, in general, to praise the show - admiring some episodes as touching and even blindsiding (in a good way) - her remarks caused a backlash on social media, with other journos, experts, and regular users hopping on the bandwagon and mocking the author of the article.

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