The Rugrats revival coming to Paramount+ is drawn in 3-D, however that isn’t the one means it’s being introduced into the twenty first century. As The A.V. Club first reported, Phil and Lil’s mother Betty has been reimagined as a single mother who occurs to be a lesbian. She’s voiced by Natalie Morales, star of Abby’s and recognized for recurring elements in Parks and Recreation and Useless to Me.
Initially, Betty had a uninteresting husband named Howard, however looking back, it’s simple to view her as queer-coded: a former skilled wrestler, she wore her hair brief and her sweaters with a distinguished ‘feminine’ image. As Morales put it, “anybody who watched the unique present might have had an inkling Betty was a member of the alphabet mafia.”
Some issues might be totally different — that ‘feminine’ image has been changed with the astrological image for Gemini — however the core of the character will keep the identical. And as Morales defined, fictional characters like Betty could make issues so much simpler for real-life folks. She mentioned,
“Betty is a single mother together with her personal enterprise who has twins and nonetheless has time to hang around together with her buddies and her group, and I feel it’s simply so nice as a result of examples of residing your life fortunately and healthily as an out queer particular person is simply such a beacon for younger queer individuals who might not have examples of that. And yeah, Betty is a fictional cartoon, however even cartoons had been vastly influential for me as a child and if I’d been watching Rugrats and seen Betty casually speaking about her ex-girlfriend, I feel no less than part of me would have felt like issues may be okay sooner or later.”