To those not paying attention, a recent Blue’s Clues episode featuring a sing-along led by a drag queen was yet another entry in the growing trend of networks sneaking sly LGBTQ references into programming for children so young, they haven’t even entered kindergarten yet. Doc McStuffins has lesbian dollies. PBS’s Arthur has a gay teacher. Male celebrity RuPaul plays a female character on Bubble Guppies.
But the Blue’s Clues Pride parade was something else. In the midst of a culture war that the Right has been losing for decades, this was a blitz attack.
In the video, Andrew Levitt (stage name Nina West) wears a rainbow-hued gown with a double-heart bodice (more on that in a minute) and sings about “ace, pan, and bi” animals to the beloved nursery school tune, “The Ants Go Marching.” As the parade rolls on, colorful, cuddly creatures including “non-binary” dolphins and post-operative beavers wave merrily from the screen.
Eventually, we see groups of adult animals—a “family