"Baymax!," a new series of cartoon shorts that premiered Wednesday on Disney+, uses the beloved character of Baymax from the children's movie Big Hero 6 to push the LGBTQUIA agenda. The animated series includes an episode in which two men have a crush on each other and decide to date.
In the episode, 'Mbita,' the main character of the same name is running a fish soup business when he discovers he has developed a fish allergy. This means he must sell a new food instead, but he's afraid to try something different. Baymax (Scott Adsit) helps Mbita (Jaboukie Young-White) overcome his anxieties.
Mbita also has a crush on a man named Yukio (Brian Tee). At the end of the short, Mbita works up the courage to both seek out a new business and ask Yukio on a date.
Dialogue about Mbita overcoming his fears to try a new food hint at him also overcoming fears regarding his sexual desires.
"Fear is a natural emotion when dealing with change or unpredictable outcomes," Baymax says.
"Well, natural or not, how do I get past this fear?" Mbita replies.
Ultimately, Mbita finds the courage to find a new type of food to sell. He also runs into his crush, Yukio, and asks him out.
What audience exactly is "Baymax!" targeting with this scene? Cute cartoon shorts on Disney+ generally appeal to very young audiences, yet the series is rated TV-PG which suggests the need for at least some parental guidance. The popular parental advisory site Common Sense Media rates the show for ages 5 and up.
On Tuesday, journalist Christopher Rufo leaked a scene from another "Baymax!" episode that includes transgender propaganda. That episode, 'Sofia,' involves Baymax buying feminine hygiene products for a 12-year-old girl. 'Sofia' includes a moment in which a male-appearing character wearing colors of the transgender flag tells Baymax that he uses maxi-pads with wings.
Since Baymax is a character liked by younger children, why does the series even include a rather detailed menstruation episode? That topic is usually geared to tween audiences.
Perhaps the targeted audience for "Baymax!" is meant to be deliberately confusing, enough to lure parents in with cartoon shorts about a lovable inflatable robot while letting their guard down.
The Walt Disney Company may control popular franchises and have a century long legacy it can use to draw in audiences, but it cannot rely on name recognition forever.
Parents don't like walking on eggshells trying to figure out if their children can watch a show. If they don't feel they can trust the once family-friendly company to provide age-appropriate content for their kids, they will eventually walk away.