The terrific trio of Cartoon Network, The Powerpuff Girls, is getting a new addition to the squad and she's fun, fierce and Black.
While Bubbles, Buttercup and Blossom's new buddy gears up for her big reveal to the world during the Powerpuff Girls: Power of Four five-part "movie event" on September 17, some fans of the cult classic have taken to Twitter to express their racist disapprovals of a Black addition to the group.
Before getting to the problematic gripes of the racist and overgrown trolls, let's meet the voice behind the new member of the Powerpuff Girls family: Toya Delazy.
While the network has only released the silhouette of the new character on social media, with her name remaining mystery to excited fans, Delazy took to Instagram to express her gratitude for being given the exciting new role.
Take a look at what she had to say, below:
After Delazy shared her sweet message, Jamie Ondarza, Senior Vice President at Turner Broadcasting in Southern Europe and Africa, released a statement confirming that she is the "perfect fit" for this next era of the iconic cartoon.
"Toya is definitely a perfect fit as the fourth Powerpuff Girl," she told NME. "She is confident, bubbly, and quirky, all the values that we are familiar with, love, and appreciate. We have a lot of surprises up our sleeves."
While many, like Ondarza, are thrilled to see the diversity represented in the timeless animation, some are seething at the fact that she's not white, like the others. Take a look, below, at some of their reactions:
Well, black dyke, BLM and SJW Twitter who been complaining about everything I hope you're happy, they sold out and Powerpuff Girls ruined pic.twitter.com/YW7Zf4nRmk— John X (@48john) September 6, 2017
the powerpuff girls are getting a new member? fuck off....why the hell would they do that jfc the 3 of them are iconic??????— Tahlia (@taekookiies_) September 8, 2017
The PowerPuff Girls reboot might as well be "How to Alienate Your Fanbase 101"— Jake Smith (@jakesmith558) September 8, 2017
- it doesn't make sense after over 20 years they decide to do this now. It's almost like CN is trying to pick apart what powerpuff girls was— ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ『ϻɑтʜɛω』 (@Poisen_Paradise) September 8, 2017
bitch who making powerpuff girls a race issue. THEYRE NOT EVEN BIOLOGICALLY FROM THE SAME SPECIES AS PEOPLE https://t.co/tGVzCSRIsl— All-Purpose Asian (@eubanass) September 8, 2017
While some are definitely hating, the love and excitment among Black fangirls (yes, they do exist) is definitely winning out. See why many are praising the progressive approach the show is taking, below:
SO THEY HAVE A FOURTH POWERPUFF GIRL AND SHE IS BLACK??? I LOVE EVERYTHING pic.twitter.com/eEC59Jwa78— mariana xx (@trustnorminah) September 6, 2017
Chill powerpuff girls got a black girl now... that's lit @cartoonnetwork— Cutty #FreeChew (@ThurlDisman) September 8, 2017
I grew up watching the powerpuff girls. Seriously. This means a lot to the little black girl in me ❤️ This is everything! https://t.co/OBemqjgX3H— GirlwithaBoysname (@Geffrimayaaa) September 8, 2017
POWERPUFF GIRLS ARE HIGHKEY BEST— Tré (@CreatorOfX) September 8, 2017
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(Photo: Cartoon Network/Turner)