The world’s favorite animated blue heeler has reportedly taken sides amid the war between Hamas and Israel that began in early October, and she had little say in the matter.
Bluey has taken the world of children’s educational programming to new heights, becoming the most-watched children’s television show in the United States–and even more popular in the show’s home of Australia.
Commissioned by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the BBC and created by Australian animator Joe Brumm, Bluey, which tells the story of the Heeler family, just does things differently from its competitors. Though the show is classified as educational, viewers won’t find counting, reading, alphabets, or numerals in most episodes of Bluey. Those things are not the focus of the show.
Rather, fans of the show enjoy watching lots of imaginative play, communication, including the honest sharing of feelings between family members and the modeling of good behavior and appropriate responses to challenges. These elements come together in a brilliantly cohesive mix that serves to teach little ones–and other viewers as well–what it means to be a member of a family and how to interact with others socially.
The show also touches on good hygiene, self-esteem, and the like–though not in a mundane or off-putting way.
Now, however, news of the Bluey character exhibiting extremely off-putting behavior has surfaced, though the show itself, which is produced by Ludo Studio in Brisbane, Australia, has nothing to do with it.
According to YNetNews, Bluey is popular in Israel, just like it is in other countries. But in recent days, Bluey “has found herself at the center of a political and fashion storm in the past week due to the Israel-Hamas war.”
That’s because pro-Palestinian activists living in Australia have begun producing a T-shirt that depicts Bluey and her canine friends holding up a sign that reads, “From River to Sea, Palestine Will Be Free.”
The slogan is anti-semitic in nature, calling for the nation of Israel to be eliminated, according to YNetNews. The Bluey character is also depicted with a keffiyeh around her neck, which is a Muslim head covering that has increased in popularity since the war began on October 6, 2023, after Hamas attacked and killed attendees at an outdoor musical event.