Like with any revival, it’s not uncommon to see changes made to the updated iteration – especially when a show from two decades ago is getting a reboot! As for the new Rugrats series, Betty DeVille, Phil and Lil’s mother, is now openly gay.
Listen. Listen. I am so happy that Betty is openly out in the Rugrats reboot. But I need to know if they killed Howard. Where is he? Just like is he okay?
— Cobra Bubbles ™ (@AliJoyful) May 27, 2021
Natalie Morales, who voices Betty and who came out as queer back in 2017, shared, ‘Anyone who watched the original show may have had an inkling Betty was a member of the alphabet mafia’.
‘Betty is a single mom with her own business who has twins and still has time to hang out with her friends and her community, and I think it’s just so great because examples of living your life happily and healthily as an out queer person is just such a beacon for young queer people who may not have examples of that.’, she added.
We all knew Betty was gay. They just couldn’t openly admit it back in the 90’s. I’m glad it’s canon now. #Rugrats
— Ronnie Starks (@starkswrestling) May 27, 2021
The change-up for Betty — who was married to Howard in the original series and previously voiced by Kath Soucie — has sparked various reactions across Twitter, with one user writing, ‘I don’t know about you but as someone who watched Betty in the original, this makes sense’.
Someone also pointed out that Betty ‘mentioned an ex-girlfriend’ in the reboot and took that to mean ‘she has finally come out of the closet after 30 years’.
I truly have a few love and hate things about the show. Love what they are doing with Betty and saying she had a girlfriend in the past…but part of me feels like its weird to see the Rugrats with today’s technology..
— Alyssa Mays (@alyssa__mays) May 27, 2021
In an interview, Morales explained, ‘Betty is a fictional cartoon, but even cartoons were hugely influential for me as a kid and if I’d been watching Rugrats and seen Betty casually talking about her ex-girlfriend, I think at least a part of me would have felt like things might be okay in the future.’
Rugrats is currently streaming on Paramount+.