Hasbro, the well-known toy company, has fully embraced Pride month by releasing a colorful line of merchandise featuring popular children’s brands like Transformers, G.I. Joe, and Dungeons & Dragons. The collection includes apparel and tote bags with the slogan “Be Proud, Be You”. However, it is the destination of the sales proceeds that has sparked some controversy.
The proceeds from Hasbro’s Pride collection will be directed towards a Rhode Island-based organization called Youth Pride RI. This organization gained attention for organizing a “youth drag workshop” designed for individuals aged 14 to 25. The workshop focused on teaching drag performance skills and promoting acceptance and understanding of drag culture.
Hasbro, headquartered in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, is not the only children’s entertainment company embracing the LGBTQ+ agenda. Others, such as the British animated series Peppa Pig and The Walt Disney Co., have also taken steps to celebrate diversity and promote gender non-conformity. Disney, for instance, has made changes to its traditional greetings to be more inclusive to everyone.
While many see Hasbro’s Pride-themed initiative as a positive step towards inclusivity and acceptance, others have voiced concerns about the appropriateness of introducing young children to topics like drag culture. This has sparked a heated debate among advocates and critics.
So, where do you stand in this clash of viewpoints? Do you see Hasbro’s Pride collection as a bold and necessary move towards inclusivity, or do you believe it is pushing boundaries too far, too soon? This Pride month, we invite you to share your perspective on this controversial topic.