Parents who may not be ready to explain to their children the concept of gay couples may want to take note. Disney’s family-oriented “Good Luck Charlie” soon will feature an episode that includes a family with two moms.
Newsbusters reported that the show will introduce the same-sex parents when pre-school-aged Charlie Duncan has a play date with a friend. While the encounter doesn’t create an issue with the Duncan family, the storyline portrays Mr. Duncan as the problem – because he’s boring.
Disney owns ABC, which already has had numerous shows with gay characters. The LGBT lobby has been pressuring Disney lately to feature characters from its community in family-oriented programming.
The left has given Disney kudos for the move, with ThinkProgress “reporting approvingly” that Disney is ensuring that the episode is “respectful of the gay community,” and is welcome as the number of LGBT characters on television increases:
The ABC-operated network is taking care to consult the relevant experts to ensure the episode is respectful of the LGBT community: “This particular storyline was developed under the consultancy of child development experts and community advisors,” a Disney Channel spokesperson told TV Guide. “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.”
Also weighing in on the historic achievement, Buzzfeed’s Lily Hiott-Millis noted:
The couple will be the two moms of one of Charlie’s playmates. Apparently, the storyline involves one of the moms being “stuck listening to one of Bob’s dull stories.” Oh, a lesbian being bored by a man. At least it’s realistic.
According to TV Guide, the episode will air in early 2014 as part of the final season of “Good Luck Charlie.” The lesbian moms are only expected to appear in the one episode, but one can only wonder if a spinoff is in the works.
Recently, “Gay Day” was featured at the Disney amusement parks. While Disney officially says it doesn’t promote the event, it doesn’t seem to mind it either.