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Conservatives Are Losing Their Minds Over Nonbinary Robot In Animated 'Transformers' Show

Laura Ingraham and Megyn Kelly went off on Paramount+'s 'Transformers: EarthSpark' over Nightshade, a robot who uses they/them pronouns and is voiced by nonbinary actor Z Infante.

Laura Ingraham; Nightshade; Megyn Kelly
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Angry conservatives rose against the machine in response to an animated robotic character who identifies as non-binary.

Fox News host Laura Ingraham and Megyn Kelly from the eponymous podcast The Megyn Kelly Show targeted Nightshade–a Transformers character that uses they/them pronouns.

Nightshade, voiced by nonbinary actor and writer Z Infante, was introduced in a batch of episodes from the Paramount+ series Transformers: EarthSpark late last year. The show's inclusionary efforts were praised by audiences and went largely undisputed.

Until now.

The explicitly non-binary character became the subject of ire from right-wing commentators when anti-LGBTQ+ activist Chaya Raichik posted a clip from an episode in which Nightshade bonded with a character named Sam who identified with she/they pronouns.

“They’re after your kids," warned Raichik on her LibsofTikTok Twitter page.

Here is the clip:

The scene included dialogue with Nightshade expressing:

“The world can be a scary place. It’s hard to know who’s dangerous or not."
"I know I’m safe when I’m with my friends or other nonbinary people.”

The human character responded by explaining to Nightshade that nonbinary meant:

“people who aren’t female or male.”

Nightshade responded:

“I always knew my pronouns felt right."
“What a wonderful word for a wonderful experience.”

After Raichik's tweet made the rounds online, Kelly retweeted Raichik's tweet and said of the shared clip:

“This is disgusting.”

Kelly–who is a mother to three children between the ages of 9 and 13–continued fuming about the cartoon character on her podcast.

“I object to the normalization of this," she said, adding:

“People who suffer from genuine gender dysphoria have a real problem. This is not something to want for your kid."
"So I object to the attempt to normalize it instead of otherize it. I actually believe in otherizing it… This is something that will really F you up.”

Ingraham also denounced LGBTQ+ representation in kids' shows and accused them of “shoving these inane pronouns down the throats of seven-year-olds.”

On her show, the Fox host bemoaned:

“Now, as a parent, you often ask yourself what do my kids need?"
"A loving family, a roof over their heads, a life grounded in faith and freedom. But you probably never thought what they really really need is a non-binary robot."
"But that’s exactly what Paramount thinks they need because in Transformers: Earth Spark, that’s what they’re giving them."
"The series is made for kids ages seven and up, and here they are introducing a character named Nightshade last November.”

Twitter weighed in over the conservative pearl clutching.

Transformers: EarthSpark is based on the 1980s Transformers toy line by Hasbro and Takara Tomy.

The computer-animated series was developed by Dale Malinowski, Ant Ward and Nicole Dubuc and debuted on Paramount+ with the first 18-episode season in November 2022.