People are praising The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder for its realistic depiction of a Black family learning one of their children has autism after this recent reveal involving BeBe.
According to BuzzFeed, the clip has made waves on social media, resonating with viewers, especially those who have first-hand experience with an autism diagnosis. The clip shows Penny (voiced by Kyla Pratt), Trudy (voiced by Paula Jai Parker) and Oscar (voiced by Tommy Davidson) learning from Bebe and Cece’s teacher (voiced Holly Robinson Peete) that Bebe is on the autism spectrum. At first, Oscar reacts in fear and anger, believing the teacher is saying his son isn’t intelligent. But as the teacher explains autism in full, Oscar and Trudy feel more at ease.
“The Proud Family reboot mentions Bebe being on the spectrum and the way they went about it has me emotional,” wrote one viewer. “Beautiful job. I also love the fact that they didn’t sugarcoat Oscar’s reaction. Because it is natural.”
The Proud Family reboot mentions Bebe being on the spectrum and the way they went about it has me emotional. Beautiful job. I also love the fact that they didn’t sugarcoat Oscar’s reaction. Because it is natural. pic.twitter.com/JWvQCTLcNX
— Gee💖 (@heyygeorgy) February 2, 2023
“Wow The Proud Family is dope for this,” wrote another. “I’ve never seen a cartoon address autism so directly.”
Wow the Proud Family is dope for this. I’ve never seen a cartoon address autism so directly pic.twitter.com/hBYj5wZucp
— Gojo’s baby mama (@aprettyPR) February 2, 2023
It was also mentioned how meaningful it is that Robinson Peete is the voice of Bebe and Cece’s teacher. She has been open about her experiences as the mother of a child on the autism spectrum, her oldest son RJ. As she told Essence in 2021, “Navigating all of it was hard. I didn’t wake up with a big smile on my face in the beginning like, ‘Oh, we got this!’ I spent a lot of time feeling very sad and defeated and hopeless for years. I would say other people inspired and encouraged me. But mostly it’s been by example.”
“When we were told all of these things he would never do and then we started seeing them check them off that list, I mean, how can you not be encouraged by that?” she continued. “Every child is different, of course, but just celebrating and being thankful for each milestone and even each small win is so important.”
The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder started its second season Feb. 1, right in time for Black History Month, and JoMarie Payton, who voices Sugar Mama, told Shadow and Act how she’s happy to continue spreading positive messages through the show.
“We’re coming back with the message that we put out over 20 years ago,” she said. “That was a good message put out there by some really talented people, and we’re happy to be back now delivering new messages and putting polish on old messages, making you laugh, love and learn. I’m excited to be back with the beautiful cast that we have and feeling blessed that we have the same writers and producers.”