MANILA, Philippines – Disney Channel’s family-oriented sitcom Good Luck Charlie aired a groundbreaking episode on Sunday, January 26, which, for the first time in the network’s history, featured a same-sex couple.
The episode introduced lesbian moms Susan and Cheryl, whose daughter Taylor was invited for a playdate with preschooler Charlie (Mia Talerico). Before their arrival, Charlie’s parents Amy and Bob Duncan (Leigh-Allyn Baker and Eric Allan Kramer) debated about whether Taylor’s mother is named Susan or Cheryl.
It turns out, “Taylor has two moms,” as pointed out by Charlie’s dad upon meeting the couple.
The news was first reported by TV Guide in June 2013, which was then applauded by actress Evan Rachel Wood and former Disney Channel star Miley Cyrus. Wood reacted to the news with a “Hell yea,” while Cyrus said the move was inspiring.
“I commend Disney for making this step into the light of this generation,” tweeted Cyrus in June. “They control so much of what kids think! Life isn’t bright sets & wardrobe & kids becoming superstars! This is INSPIRING”
According to the report, Disney Channel consulted with child development experts and community advisors while creating the episode.
“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,” a Disney Channel spokesperson told TV Guide.
There are those, however, who deem the move too radical for a children’s television network. In June, organization One Million Moms published an open letter urging people to write to Disney Channel requesting that the scene be removed from the episode.
“Just because something may be legal or because some are choosing a lifestyle doesn’t make it morally correct. Disney should stick to entertaining instead of pushing an agenda,” read the appeal.
They claimed that the material is too complicated for children to understand and that issues as such are being introduced “ too early and too soon” and are becoming “extremely common and unnecessary.”
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This, however, may be the couple’s first and last appearance, seeing as the sitcom is set to end mid February, according to TV Guide.
Good Luck Charlie, which premiered in April 2010, is a sitcom about a family working together to raise their youngest daughter Charlie. In each episode, Charlie’s older sister Teddy (Bridgit Mendler), creates a video diary to help her younger sister deal with her future teenage years. Her videos often end with “Good luck, Charlie.” – Rappler.com
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