"Taylor has two moms!" Those words were recently emitted one of of the Disney Channel's original shows, Good Luck Charlie, Sunday night to be exact. The same night 33 hetero- and homosexual couples were married in a live ceremony conducted by alleged lesbian, Queen Latifah, at the Grammys, to the tune of Macklemore's "Same Love."
The TV Guide plot description for the episode reads as follows: "In the storyline, parents Amy and Bob Duncan (Leigh-allyn Baker and Eric Allan Kramer) set up a playdate for preschooler Charlie (Mia Talerico) and one of her new friends. When the kids arrives, the Duncans learn that Charlie's pal has two moms. That's fine [emphasis ours], but the potential new friendship is put to test as one mom chats with Amy, and the other is stuck listening to Bob's dull stories."
Many same-gender loving enthusiasts praise this bold move by Disney.
Desi Lydic, who played the mom Susan tweeted saying, "I'm so proud to be part of that episode! Go Disney! #equality"
Disney alumnus, Miley Cyrus, tweeted her support stating: "is this true?!?!?! *hearts* I commend Disney for making this step into the light of this generation. They control so much of what kids think! Life isn't bright set & wardrobe & kids becoming superstars! This is INSPIRING."
Kevin Fallon of The Daily Beast didn't seem to think this introduction was enough.
"There are, as there always are, reasons for some to be dissatisfied with the extent of Disney's gesture, and some who may view it as empty. To begin with, it was a fringe storyline on the episode--not part of the main plot. There's also the fact that these characters aren't slated to appear in any more episodes of the series because--oh yeah--the next episode of Good Luck Charlie will be its series finale. But you know what? That's still fine."
Upworthy writer, Laura Willard wrote: "Props to Disney for finally introducing another type of family to our kids. They should grow up seeing how ordinary this is so that it's not even a 'concept' they have to figure out. Let's encourage Disney and other networks to keep moving in this direction."
However, it would that this "concept" is not so " ordinary" and that groups like One Million Moms, the same that boycotted JCPennys when they named Ellen DeGeneres as their ambassador, spoke out against Disney's propagandous move.
"Disney has decided to be politically corrected instead of providing family-friendly programming." They went on to say, "Disney should stick to entertaining, not pushing an agenda. Conservative families need to urge Disney to avoid controversial topics that children are far too young to comprehend. This is the last place a parent would expect their children to be confronted with topics that are too difficult for them to understand. Mature issues of this nature are being introduced too early and too soon, and it is extremely unnecessary."
It should also be noted that Disney didn't stop at just introducing a lesbian couple on their show. The little girl, Charlie's playmate, sported an extremely boyish haircut that made the viewers take a double-take to see if it was a actually a little boy or girl that came bouncing through the door.
In just one episode, Disney was able to capture the passing down of LGBQT "tolerance" to their child through displaying the said child in a gender-neutral appearance, much like they encourage in Germany and other Scandinavian countries.
As far as risk is concerned, it would appear that Disney used a show they already planned to end as a test to see how their viewers and more importantly, the viewers' parents, would react to displaying homosexual couples on their shows. It can only be presumed that they'll continue these efforts on other children's shows if the praise is louder than the outrage. Yet it would appear that the One Million Moms said it best: "Just because something may be legal or because some are choosing a lifestyle doesn't make it morally correct."