Netflix bins ‘Ridley Jones’ after backlash over non-binary character
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Netflix bins 'Ridley Jones' after backlash over non-binary character

The Netflix children’s animation series Ridley Jones has been “quietly dumped” according to Chris Nee, its creator. The cartoon show had first arrived on the streaming platform back in 2021 and focuses on the titular Ridley, her friends, and their mission to protect the treasures of the Museum of Natural History.

Nee took to Twitter to explain that the show has now been cancelled and that the final and final series was put out without any promotion. According to Nee, Netflix cancelled Ridley Jones because of the backlash it faced over featuring a non-binary character.

“Doesn’t surprise me that Netflix has quietly dumped the first preschool show that has a non-binary character coming out,” Nee wrote. “Ridley Jones 5 episode ‘Happy Herd Day Fred’ tells their Grandma played by #CyndiLauper that they’ve changed their name and pronouns. Watch it. Tweet about it.”

As Nee alludes to, an episode of Ridley Jones had an episode in which a bison named Fred reveals to their grandmother that they are non-binary. When clips of the episode surfaced online, they prompted a wave of criticism from some people, who claimed that Nee was spreading a “woke” agenda.

So it appears that we won’t be seeing any more of Ridley Jones, at least not on Netflix.