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Anyone who was a kid during the 1990s might remember Captain Planet and the Planeteers, an environmentally minded, animated children’s show that featured five kids from around the world with magic rings from Gaia, the spirit of the Earth. Each ring controlled a different element of nature and could also summon the superhero Captain Planet. Well now, the cartoon’s Facebook page has come out in support of marriage equality in Australia and has even responded to fans disappointed with its pro-marriage stance — Go Planet!
Captain Planet supports marriage equality?!??
Last Thursday, the Captain Planet Facebook fan page posted the following message: “Without heart, there would be no Captain Planet! Australia, you have only 14 days to make sure you are enrolled to vote for the postal vote on same sex marriage: http://www.aec.gov.au/enrol/ THE POWER IS YOURS!”
In the message above, “heart” refers to the fifth ring in the animated series: The show’s four other rings controlled wind, water, earth and fire, but the fifth ring allowed its wearer to use love and empathy to detect emotions, read thoughts, communicate with animals and sometimes change people’s attitudes.
The slogan “The power is yours,” was Captain Planet’s tagline and motto, reminding young people of the power they have to heal the environment.
The link in the Facebook message led to a sign-up page for The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey, a study of citizen’s views on “whether or not the law should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry.” The sign period lasts until Aug. 24, 2017.
Captain Planet is also responding to anti-marriage critics
One of several Facebook commenters criticized the page’s pro-gay stance, stating, “Earth, fire, wind, water… gay marriage? Stick to the environment, Captain.” Captain Planet responded, “You seem to have missed a power there Pete. People are part of and have a huge impact on the environment and caring about each other is one of the most powerful things we can do.”
Another said, “Same-sex is a term for mentally disordered people; the mental hospital is their planet. Captain Planet was my favorite cartoon character, don’t pollute it…” to which Captain Planet replied, “You might have been watching a different show Zakir, sorry to hear you say that. The Power Is Yours.”
When another commenter sarcastically asked, “Captain planet was gay?” Captain Planet responded:
“People are a huge part of our planet and caring about each other is one of the most important things we can do to make our world a better place. The power of heart is all about compassion, caring about our planet and each other – and like when we did episodes about children in war torn countries, AIDS and gun violence — we care.”
The Australian government has been struggling over whether to legalize same-sex marriage, having had several legislatives votes and having considered a public vote with no final decisions reached.