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Disney Channel Introduces The Network’s First Same-Sex Couple (VIDEO) (POLL)
Disney Channel made history on Sunday, January 26. The network featured a lesbian couple on the children’s program “Good Luck Charlie.” This is a big move for Disney, as the network has never featured an openly gay or lesbian character, much less a same-sex couple.
In the storyline, parents Amy and Bob Duncan (Leigh-Allyn Baker and Eric Allan Kramer) set up a playdate for daughter Charlie (Mia Talerico) and Taylor, one of her new friends. When Taylor arrives, the Duncans learn that she has two mothers.
Take a look at this one-minute clip:
Disney Channel realized that featuring a same-sex couple would be controversial and said that extra care was taken in crafting the episode. A Disney Channel spokesperson states, “This particular storyline was developed under the consultancy of child development experts and community advisors. Like all Disney Channel programming, it was developed to be relevant to kids and families around the world and to reflect themes of diversity and inclusiveness.”
Not surprisingly, the network is receiving laurels and darts for their decision to feature a same-sex couple. Hundreds of “Good Luck Charlie” fans went online to welcome the storyline, while conservative groups like One Million Moms are condemning the episode, writing in a response, “Conservative families need to urge Disney to avoid controversial topics that children are far too young to comprehend.”
My 6-year-old daughter, Sophia, loves “Good Luck Charlie.” She missed this episode, but it is one that she will very likely see. I have no idea whether or not she will question why Taylor has two moms. The mothers are introduced in such an innocuous way, my guess is that she will think nothing of it. The episode reflects the real lives of real people in the real world.
If Sophia does ask questions, I will simply tell her that while some people have a mom and a dad, others have two moms and still others have two dads. I will tell her that their hearts love the same way. I won’t make a big deal about it because I don’t think it is a big deal. There are all kinds of families in this world and I’m perfectly fine with her seeing that broad spectrum.
That’s my take. What about you? What do you think about Disney taking on this hot topic? Take the poll and share your thoughts below.
Alexis Trass Walker lives in Gary, Indiana, with her husband and four children. She is managing editor of Good Enough Mother. Read more about Alexis on her blog www.lilliebelle.org or follow her on Twitter @LillieBelle5. You can email her at alexis [at] goodenoughmother [dot] com.