The Disney Channel is set to introduce a gay storyline in its show "Andi Mack," it said on Thursday.
The cable network, a provider of kid-driven programming currently available in 91 million homes will air first depiction of a coming-out journey. They announced that the second season of Andi Mack, premiering Friday, Oct. 27, will begin to tell the story of a male tween, one of the show's main characters, on his journey of self-discovery after realizing he has a crush on his male classmate.
The one-hour season two premiere, which airs Friday in the US, will see best friends Andi (Peyton Elizabeth Lee) and Cyrus (Joshua Rush) admit they are attracted to the same boy.
The story will mark the channel’s first depiction of a coming-out journey. The character 13-year-old Cyrus Goodman, played by 15-year-old Joshua Rush, will begin his self-discovery in this Friday’s second season one-hour premiere episode.
Though this is the first time Disney Channel has shown a character’s journey to self-discovery as a gay person, it’s not the first time an LGBT character has been featured on one of its original series. A 2013 episode of Good Luck Charlie introduced viewers to a lesbian couple whose child befriended the Duncans’ youngest daughter.
In an Orlando Sentinel column, a Mississippi attorney who identifies as being gay is objecting to the "gay" content that Disney promotes.
Murray stated, “that over the years Disney has grown in supporting LGBT liberal activism, and he criticizes the company for trying to include children in their agenda.”
He continues to say, “Prime-time network television is geared for an adult audience; one that understands the world we live in. Adults have long lost their innocence. Whether it be sex, drugs or violence, many of us have had our eyes open to the hardships of the world. We lost our innocence when we grew out of adolescence, but do we want our kids to lose theirs in adolescence?”
“The vision for Walt’s world was clear: Entertain children. Disney characters were about hope, optimism and, above all else, making sure children were able to enjoy their innocence for as long as the outside world would permit. And Disney understood that part of its mission was to provide a buffer for as long as possible.”
“Somewhere along the line, Disney went off course. No longer did it see itself as a defender of children’s innocence. Instead, it saw itself as a conduit for social change. Walt Disney became Harvey Milk, Murray added.”
What do you think about this first gay storyline? Do your kids watch this show?
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