Producer jokes about female protagonist, my 5 yr old responds to ‘Zelda’ sexism

Yesterday, the Mary Sue reported that “We Might be Getting a Lady-Led Zelda Game” due to the ambiguous comment by creator Eiji Aonuma about the protagonist: “No one explicitly said that that was Link.”

Guess what? Aonuma was just joking! HA HA HA. Isn’t he hilarious? Today, he corrects the dubious misinformation:

“Actually that comment I made jokingly,” he said. “It’s not that I said that it wasn’t Link. It’s that I never said that it was Link. It’s not really the same thing, but I can understand how it could be taken that way.

“It seems like it has kind of taken off where people are saying ‘oh it’s a female character’ and it just kind of grew. But my intent in saying that was humour. You know, you have to show Link when you create a trailer for a Zelda announcement.”


Because who would ever think that a game titled “Zelda” and a show titled “Zelda” would actually feature a female protagonist making the moves, taking the risks, and calling the shots at the center of the action? I, myself, made this same mistake when I let my 5 year old daughter watch “Zelda”  because I thought it was a female based spin off of the Mario Brothers. Silly me! Here’s her pissed off reaction:

Here’s the diamond she’s talking about:


I’m holding out from seeing the show or playing the game, or letting my kids do either again, until Zelda is actually in charge.

One thought on “Producer jokes about female protagonist, my 5 yr old responds to ‘Zelda’ sexism

  1. You shouldn’t let her watch that Zelda show anyway. Like most TV cartoons from the 1980s (“He-Man” etc.), it’s a cheap piece of crap that was made to sell toys (or in this case, a video game) and nothing more. Not a creative bone in it’s body.

    I’m surprised Nintendo hasn’t attempted to burn all the copies to try and deny it ever existed. The show is pretty much universally loathed by Zelda fans, myself included.

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