Saturday, June 26, 2021

The Blue's Clues Pride Parade 🏳️‍🌈 Sing-Along Ft. Nina West! | Blue's Clues & You!

The Blue's Clues Pride Parade 🏳️‍🌈 Sing-Along Ft. Nina West! | Blue's Clues & You!

It's the Blue's Clue's And You Pride Parade and we need you to sing-along as the 'Families Go Marching' proudly!

If you’re looking for a fun and kid-friendly way to celebrate Pride, then Nickelodeon and Blue’s Clues & You! have just the ticket. Blue’s Clues, the long-running kids show, staged an animated Pride parade sing-along hosted by Drag Race alum Nina West. Using the tune “The Ants Go Marching”, West sings as floats go by showcasing a parade of animals representing the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. There are non-binary dolphins, trans beavers, bisexual sheep, and a host of animals with disabilities.

In the video, an animated version of West leads a Pride parade featuring adorable furry critters as she sings along to the melody of “The Ants Go Marching.” The song includes updated LGBTQ-inclusive lyrics celebrating the diversity of queer families, the importance of loving people for exactly who they are and the joys of allyship.

“This family has two mommies. They love each other so proudly and they all go marching in the big parade,” West sings before spotlighting another family featuring two dads.

As the parade continues marching, the song expands to more people in the LGBTQ community, including those who are trans and nonbinary.

“Ace, bi and pan grown-ups you see can love each other so proudly," West sings. 

“Ace” is shorthand for asexual, a wide spectrum mainly referring to people who have little or no sexual desire. “Bi” is shorthand for bisexual, whereas “pan” is shorthand for pansexual, referring to those who are attracted to people of all genders. However, like all identities in the LGBTQ acronym, they exist on a wide colorful spectrum and vary from person to person.

Lindz Amer, producer of the video series Queer Kid Stuff, consulted with Nickelodeon for the sing-along video. As a “huge” Blue’s Clues fan, they say sitting in the Blue’s Clues chair was “for sure a career highlight.”

“I definitely felt a huge responsibility consulting with the team,” Amer (who uses they/them pronouns) tells Yahoo. “It’s the same responsibility I feel in all of the work that I do bringing LGBTQ representation to children’s media. Queer folks are not a monolith and I can’t possibly make every single queer person happy, especially considering the profound lack of LGBTQ [representation], especially in preschool content. All we can do is try our best and I think we did a pretty good job!”

They continue, “The team was an absolute dream to work with and it’s for sure the queerest thing I’ve ever seen happen in the preschool space. My main goals were twofold: to try my best to bring specificity to the video, that’s where the song’s vocabulary came in using words like queer, trans, non-binary, ace, pan and bi. And second, to expand the definition of family as it applies to the queer community, so acknowledging chosen family was a big part of that.”

“I hope families and queer folks see themselves in the video,” Amer adds. “Everything I do is in an effort to spread queer joy and this video fits perfectly in that mission.”

Reacting to the support of the video online, West tweeted, "Reading all the incredible comments about how impactful and powerful the latest Blue's Clues video for Pride has been to so many is inspiring and humbling. Representation matters. Teaching kindness matters. YOU matter. Thank you @Nickelodeon @nickjr for including me."

From app.:

Pride, [Nina] West explained is for all ages, with age-appropriate events happening for different audiences everywhere from libraries to nightclubs.

“Pride is just like the Fourth of July," she said. "There are some great family picnics, and there are some great evening activities and nightlife. Let’s not try to overcomplicate this: Everything can exist in the world, and I think families should have access to being able to celebrate Pride and celebrate their families and say, ‘Look how beautiful we are, too.'"


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Originally published: Friday, May 28, 2021.

Additional sources: The Mary Sue, People.

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