The Disney Channel recently introduced a homosexual character in the season 2 premiere of Andi Mack, a coming-of-age comedy geared toward tweens. This season’s first episode focuses on the new attractions that main character Cyrus Goodman has for a boy while he also juggles having a new girlfriend.
Why such adult themes on a kids’ television network? And why would it consider a homosexual storyline “age-appropriate”? Disney released a statement about the show, saying, “The Disney brand has always been inclusive, with stories that reflect acceptance and tolerance and celebrate the differences that make our characters uniquely wonderful in their own way. . . . Our stories are timeless because they speak to the heart; our characters appeal to children across gender, ability, and experience . . . “.
The head of One Million Moms, Monica Cole, said, “By choosing to move in the direction of more ‘adult’ stories and content, the Disney Channel—and the entire Disney media empire—may be choosing to sacrifice something far more precious . . . children’s innocence.”
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