Michelle Obama has a homosexual puppet sidekick to "inspire” LGBT+ children on her upcoming children's food show.
In the new Netflix series "Waffles + Mochi," the former first lady is joined by an effeminate puppet sidekick, Busy the Bee, to help Mrs. Obama teach children how to eat healthy.
Jonathan Kidder, the puppeteer behind Busy the Bee, makes sure that children understand Busy the Bee is LGBT+.
Kidder told the Daily Beast blog that making children aware of the puppet's same-sex proclivities is important because he wants to use his character to inspire more LGBT+ kids.
"They never said overtly 'we need you to be as gay as possible please'," Kidder said. "But I got the sense that they liked that I brought this diversity to the mix."
Kidder is one of children's puppeteering only openly gay creators.
He joked that "all puppets are a little bit gay" and he hoped to bring more diversity to Waffles + Mochi by channelling his own "dry, gay sass" personality and sexuality through Busy.
He said his job was to let Michelle Obama's sidekick "be colorful and let my rainbow out through him."
American children identifying as LGBT+ has increased significantly since Michelle's husband, Barack Obama, was president.