I'm not the kind of person who pleads for a TV show to stay on air. In fact, I've never done it before. And for all you know, I'm just another mom up in arms about some cartoon on the chopping block.
And maybe I am...
But I'm also a mother who cares about what her children watch on TV.
I'm a mother who understands how critically important it is for her daughters to see representations of themselves in characters on screen.
And I'm a mother who sees so much more than an adorable 30-minute kid's cartoon when the "Doc is in" for the day.
Look. With my knowledge of the TV biz, I understand what it takes off-air to keep a show on-air. There are advertisers and writers, creative directors, artists, negotiations and all sorts of people responsible for deciding whether a show is worth keeping.
And I want you to know this show is worth keeping.
Doc McStuffins is more than a lovable stuffed animal doctor. So much more.
Because the truth is, the magnitude of the messages sent across the airwaves during this show are impactful. They're important. And as a mother, they are significant.
With this show, you've managed to successfully break through stereotypes and push the boundaries of countless societal and familial norms with an animated cartoon character and her family.
You've shown my daughters there is more to their imagination than princesses and unicorns. That black girls like them can aim high and succeed. That dads can stay home, families can adopt and mothers can balance a professional medical career and still be present for their children.
With this show, you've encouraged my children to use their imagination through a character who eludes compassion and confidence; who comforts and reassures them at check-ups and doctor's visits -- even when she's not there. You've inspired my children to dream big because when they see a girl who resembles them on TV -- that's big in and of itself.
Your representation of black girls and non-traditional families matters to me and many, many others.
With this show, you are building up a generation of young children -- young girls like my daughters -- and teaching them to aim for the stars. You're teaching them acceptance and kindness and compassion.
The world needs more Doc. After all, she "really knows her stuff..."
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