Blue Planet 2 under fire over portrayal of transgender fish
The BBC has received thousands of complaints from viewers over the portrayal of transgender fish on its popular nature documentary Blue Planet 2. Viewers were incensed by what many saw as a familiar ‘PC-driven’ agenda catering to a small minority of fish, at the expense of ordinary British fish.
The documentary hosted by David Attenborough carried a segment where bulbous Kobudai fish in Japan demonstrated their ability to change sex when they reach a certain age and weight.
One viewer from Grimsby said it was typical that the BBC had focused on “gender fluid fish that did not reflect normal people’s lives’. “Why can’t we see more pike and trout?” another view asked.
The BBC said the offending scenes were “grounded in biological fact” and reflected the vibrant diversity of the 21st century seas.