So our favourite childhood cartoon, Rugrats is being rebooted, but get ready for a major change.
Betty DeVille, mother of Unruly twins Phil and Lil’s has been rewritten as openly gay in the new episodes.
“Betty is a single mom with her own business who has twins and still has time to hang out with her friends and her community, and I think it’s just so great because examples of living your life happily and healthily as an out queer person is just such a beacon for young queer people who may not have examples of that,” Natalie Morales is taking over the role from Kath Soucie said.
Morales said the rewritten character is a good example for young queer children to look up to.
“Betty is a fictional cartoon, but even cartoons were hugely influential for me as a kid and if I’d been watching Rugrats and seen Betty casually talking about her ex-girlfriend, I think at least a part of me would have felt like things might be okay in the future,” she said.
Rugrats enjoyed immense success during its 13-year TV run. It bagged four Daytime Emmy Awards and six Kids’ Choice Awards during a 13-year run, and even has its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The Rugrats reboot has already hit new US streaming service Paramount.