October 27, 2017

Disney Channel Will Feature First Gay Storyline in Kids' Show

Kristin TateRebel Buzz Contributor

The Disney Channel, a network for young children, is introducing its first-ever gay storyline.

The second-season premiere of Andi Mack, set to air Friday at 8 p.m. ET/PT, will feature a young male — one of the show's main characters — beginning to realize that he has feelings for a male classmate. 

The coming-of-age series, created by Terri Minsky (Lizzie McGuire), centers on a 13-year-old girl named Andi (Peyton Elizabeth Lee) and her interactions with her family and her two best friends, Cyrus (Joshua Rush) and Buffy (Sofia Wylie).

Friday's episode finds Andi awkwardly sorting out her feelings for her classmate Jonah (Asher Angel). At the same time, Cyrus, also 13, realizes that he, too, has feelings for Jonah and confides in Buffy — the scene and Buffy's reaction are intended to serve as a positive role model for both kids and adults — even as he struggles with how to share this revelation with his new girlfriend. This kicks off his journey to self-discovery and ultimately self-acceptance as a gay individual, as seen in subsequent episodes.

This story arc is a first for the network, which has not previously told the story of a character's journey of realizing that he or she is gay and embarking on that journey of self-discovery. In its written policy on its stories and characters, The Walt Disney Co. as a whole emphasizes inclusion, "with stories that reflect acceptance and tolerance and celebrate the differences that make our characters uniquely wonderful in their own way."

The average age of Disney Channel viewers is 6-11

Why can't the lefties in charge of the network let kids be... kids? Progressive executives have allowed their obsession with sexual identity to seep into Disney's programming, which could create confusion for some young viewers. Most 10-year-olds are busy playing hopscotch with their friends eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches--they aren't concerned about issues like sexual orientation. 

Predictably, LGBT groups are thrilled by Disney's decision. GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement: 

"With more and more young people coming out as LGBTQ, Andi Mack is reflecting the lives and lived experiences of so many LGBTQ youth around the country. Television reflects the real-life world, and today that includes LGBTQ youth who deserve to see their lives depicted on their favorite shows. Disney has been a leader in LGBTQ inclusion, and there are so many young people who will be excited to see Cyrus' story unfold."

While activist groups are cheering, its unclear how the controversial decision will affect the Disney Channel's bottom line. Some parents may feel uncomfortable with their 6 or 7-year-olds being exposed to mature topics like sexual identity. Ed Vitagliano, the Executive Vice President of the American Family Association, wrote in an op-ed

"It is not Disney's place to assume the role of parents deciding when to confront children with alternative lifestyles. I'm not saying that it's wrong for children to know that gays and lesbians exist, only that parents should be the ones to tell them. Disney should not circumvent parents on this matter."

Only time will tell if Disney's politically motivated decision will cost them viewers. 

Comments
You must be logged in to comment. Click here to log in.
commented 2017-11-04 03:01:51 -0400
Love your “logic” Hohimer… your post – “Again – the amount of gay men pedophiles is NOTHING compared to straight men and even priests worldwide for that matter that are pedophiles.”… Which part of the reality that they are indeed “GAY” don’t you get???… They like to shove their penises up “chicken” BOYS bums, not vaginas!!!!
commented 2017-11-01 20:23:48 -0400
So by the way Frank just so even stupid people like you know there’s way more straight people than queers so as far as ratio per capita the queers have the majority of pedophiles in their camp..!!
commented 2017-11-01 20:21:23 -0400
When I see your kind begging for their life I’m not sure what I’ll do… I know I’ll have food, I know I’ll have protection, The best of lifestyle will be mine tell me… When that happens what should I do ..??
commented 2017-11-01 03:25:06 -0400
Andy Neimers,

Your agenda should be against ALL men that seduce boys – not just the smallest demographic, which is gay men.

Again – the amount of gay men pedophiles is NOTHING compared to straight men and even priests worldwide for that matter that are pedophiles.

Your entire position of focusing on gay men – the demographic that are the least to offend is completely ridiculous and simply confirms that you hate gay people.
commented 2017-11-01 02:17:21 -0400
Frank Hohimer.. I “clearly” have an agenda against gay men trying to seduce young boys into sexual encounters in which the aim is to “get their nuts off big time”… Regardless of the consequences to the psychological damage to “the chicken”, perhaps for life… Of that I am indeed guilty…
commented 2017-10-31 23:37:13 -0400
Leviticus 20:13,

BWAHAHAHHAA!!!!

Every post you make further confirms your absolute idiocy. I truly hope you are just playing a character here, because if not – you are one fucked up person and you really need to get some help.
commented 2017-10-31 22:47:18 -0400
Only people have limited IQ cannot beInsulted… That’s only because they haven’t plumbed the depths of their ignorance and stupidity.
commented 2017-10-31 22:44:50 -0400
I am right… You’re just a kid maybe even a preteen just looking for attention… No matter your next response you can have the last word because I’ll have the last say..

I don’t debate with the children and you’re like a needle stuck in a record you have no foresight and no worthily value.! Mark my words like the good little Twink that you want to grow up to be, when crunch time comes and it’s coming nobody has any respect for anybody in the sex trade.. you’ll be sucking dicks for protein value alone.. stupid child.!!
No wonder you think child sex is OK you’re just a child yourself… You have been groomed very well and I’m sure your handlers are proud of their work.!!
commented 2017-10-31 22:36:38 -0400
You’re still avoiding the question…
Even with the answer glaring you in the face you’re too proud to answer the question..


“I didn’t remotely saying anything about “more important”


. ____________
Yeah you did you liar… Go back and read what you said..!!
________________________________
“because so many countries rely on the money generated from the entertainment industry. For some countries, it is their biggest revenue generator. "
____________________________

Where do you think surplus cash comes from.. fuck are you stupid .!!
Countries that produce more then they made or they use leaves them with a sir plus nothing song bringing to them disposable income to spend anyway they like… foreigners have to travel to these countries to spend their surplus money there and it’s called " tourism "….
People don’t go to another country for the single experience of say dinner theater… They go to another country for the complete entertainment package and the moment that those people do you not have disposable income as the result of one of the economic “four” which fuels the entire planet, that country falls back to the Stone Ages unless they can develop one of the four economic back bones to make a living.!! I don’t even believe yer an adult..
Any adult even a twink in the entertainment industry knows the only reason they have a lifestyle is because people have disposable incomes. I think you’re just a teenager or preteen that’s pretending to be an adult and wish to engage adults just to see what it’s like to talk to somebody with real world experience and possibly find somebody that will support there unsustainable philosophy’s so they can have a “a ha” moment.. because honestly nobody that’s an adult can have those little real world experience as you.!!
commented 2017-10-31 22:29:54 -0400
Leviticus 20:13,

Considering how laughable and pathetic you are, there is nothing you could say that would insult me.

Hey, ever had a threesome – you and two women or is that morally wrong because sex is only meant for procreating?

LOL.
commented 2017-10-31 22:17:27 -0400
Honestly I have refrained from insulting you regardless of the amount that you threw at me but I have to say this to you there Frankie baby… If you were any dumber we would have to water you.!!
commented 2017-10-31 21:59:22 -0400
Leviticus 20:13,

I didn’t remotely saying anything about “more important”, but if entertainment was to go away, it would be absolutely devastating to the world economy, because so many countries rely on the money generated from the entertainment industry. For some countries, it is their biggest revenue generator.

When did I say I was gay or had twinks? I am married to a woman. You know just because one supports gay people and gay rights – doesn’t mean that they are gay themselves. Apparently you couldn’t figure that out on yourself, which further makes me question your intelligence.

I am truly thankful that you don’t represent the majority of people. Clearly you have led a sheltered and closed minded life.
commented 2017-10-31 18:35:37 -0400
The funny thing is is you’re kind of stupid thinks entertainment is more important than the production of agriculture and getting food to the masses or roads and highways built that take you to the theatres where you can watch your Twinks perform but you do need a road to get you there from anywhere that you are because roads like money don’t magically appear.

What’s the point.. education is wasted on anybody that thinks a Twink has a value.! That kind of stupid aint natural buddy, it must be learned.!!
commented 2017-10-31 18:12:37 -0400
You won’t answer the question you just make insults… Where is the basis of wealth derived.?? Prove to me your knowledge of economics… Buddy the statement I just made is universally accepted in the world of economics in fact that’s what they teach you the very first thing in school so again I address the question to you where does wealth originate from or in the beginning if you wish so that it may have a trickle down effect to the rest of the economy..??
commented 2017-10-31 18:03:30 -0400
Leviticus 20:13,

LOL.

It keeps getting better. You don’t know what you are talking about in any capacity, but think that you do and honestly your posts are comedy to me.

It’s almost hard to believe that you are actually a real person and not just playing a character or doing a parody with all the absolutely ridiculous shit you say.

Please continue – this is hilarious.
commented 2017-10-31 17:43:45 -0400
Again just to be fair and addressing all your ramblings at once about the very little of what you understand economics and of the four means of wealth creation which are necessary for life, for living, for circulating dollars and the velocity of money.. as without farming agriculture fishing, industry and mining along with manufacturing the world would collapse into starvation stupid… Your narrative is full of insults and you run to whichever media outlet suits your narrative but you can’t eat without food and if you do not produce more then you use you have nothing for sale, with nothing for sale means no extra dollars to spend anywhere even on the basics of life let alone on your high price Twinks ..!!! You don’t understand economics but you do like your lifestyle and would suck a dick to keep it and maintain it.!!

None are so blind as those that are wilfully ignorant..
commented 2017-10-31 17:31:28 -0400
You are ignorant in basiceconomics and less than honest and the rest of your postingsyour understanding of economics is wealth comes from the wallets of your parents or somebody else… I may be entertaining to you but you are absolutely clueless in world of economics or anything moral… Just to be fair… Where do you think wealth comes from and how was it created so that people have extra money to spend on support, convenience or entertainment…??
commented 2017-10-31 16:48:35 -0400
The American Psychological Association stated in its 2001 website article “Understanding Child Sexual Abuse: Education, Prevention, and Recovery”:

“Studies on who commits child sexual abuse vary in their findings, but the most common finding is that the majority of sexual offenders are family members or are otherwise known to the child. Sexual abuse by strangers is not nearly as common as sexual abuse by family members. Research further shows that men perpetrate most instances of sexual abuse, but there are cases in which women are the offenders.

“Despite a common myth, homosexual men are not more likely to sexually abuse children than heterosexual men are.”
commented 2017-10-31 16:46:13 -0400
Andy Neimers,

I am not deflecting in the slightest. Is it an epidemic with specifically gay men? Nope, but it happens – which I am clearly acknowledging, but it is far more of an epidemic when it comes to straight men.

The VAST majority of arrest cases with pedophiles that abuse boys are straight men, which should make sense to you since gay people are such a smaller demographic of the population.

Most of the examples you provided have been cases with men who were straight – in some cases married to a woman. You clearly have an agenda against gay people.
commented 2017-10-31 16:28:22 -0400
Neither do you understand basic economics Frank wealth is only created four ways..your Twinks fall into the category of entertainment class and doesn’t have as much worth in the community as a taxi driver which would be considered support.
commented 2017-10-31 15:59:01 -0400
You’re still “deflecting” from reality Hohimer… The number of cases of gay men going after “chicken” -i.e. young boys – at playgrounds, sports fields, school yards after hours, gymnastics clubs, public swimming pools and washrooms, the Boy Scouts, and junior hockey teams is well documented… And afternoon matinees at movie theatres… Then there’s the good old YMCA, which is no joke…
commented 2017-10-31 15:56:11 -0400
Leviticus 20:13,

LOL. Wealth is created in many ways – your examples being lower on the list. You don’t know what you are talking about.

The entertainment industry is one of the biggest industries in the world and generates more money than most industries – when you consider movies, TV, books, music, etc. Countless other industries and people rely on the entertainment industry.

In Canada, Vancouver get most of their money from the film industry in terms of money pumped into the economy.

No, you don’t get to decide what impacts your life, because you can’t make a reasonable or rational argument as to how gay people impact your life beyond you just thinking their existence is “sick”. That’s not good enough.

If a gay couple moved next to you – would you move?

Yes, you can decide what constitutes moral behavior in your life as morality is subjective – not objective, which is why you can’t legislate morality. If it makes you happy to be an uptight, puritanical, sexually repressed prude – who thinks going down on a woman is gross and sex is only for making babies, then have at it, but most people in the civilized world are not like you and don’t think like you.

Live and let live. Pretty simple.
commented 2017-10-31 14:53:36 -0400
I decide who/what impacts my personal life not you..
I decide what constitutes moral behaviour in my life not you.
Wealth is created in 4 ways.
#1. agriculture and forestry.
#2. Mining.
#3. Fishing and aquaculture.
#4. Manufacturing and construction.
Everything else is either support, convenience or entertainment.
And obviously support being a more important of the three.

Your entertainment industry is not a true “industry” at all as/because it cannot stand alone and needs something to feed it or it dies.
Your “twinks” have no “real” value beyond an invented class of entertainment which is neither necessary or wholesome as decent entertainment because anything that divides the family is fundamentally wrong.. meaning if you couldn’t take your children to watch that show perhaps that show shouldn’t be shown because if you really love your children you don’t leave them while you go out have a good time without them.
If your children seem like a burden at times to escape from them to watch a show about devient sexuality is the answer.. I think not.
But again your “industry” has no intrinsic value and without being fed it would die as your line of work is unable to self perpetuate without recrutement of new twinks when the old ones no longer have any value beyond grooming..
To pull your twinks in you must split or devide the family and that’s what your hype is all about.
Better you should go underground and take the dregs who come to you rather than casting nets.
commented 2017-10-31 12:58:19 -0400
Paul Dixon,

Gay people have zero impact on your personal life. You having issue with gay people or being bothered by their existence is your own doing. They have been gay people since the beginning of time and that’s not going to change – the sun will continue to rise every day.

You should really focus on more important things in life and try to accept that you live among gay people and they are human beings too.
commented 2017-10-31 12:47:01 -0400
Andy Neimers,

I work in the entertainment industry – I am surrounded by gay people. What you are referring to are also called twinks. which Urban Dictionary describes as:

An attractive, boyish-looking, young gay man. The stereotypical twink is 18-22, slender with little or no body hair, often blonde, dresses in club wear even at 10:00 AM, and is not particularly intelligent. A twink is the gay answer to the blonde bimbo cheerleader.

You are trying to make it look like they are going for actual boys under the legal limit and that is what is negligible and not even remotely close to straight men pedophiles.
commented 2017-10-31 09:17:08 -0400
Andrew: A few comments concerning your latest post to me. My mood is not one of poking fun or mocking, but straightfaced and serious.
1. I am a creationist, so the evolutionary perspective that what happens in the animal world somehow can relate to us because we are just another species of animal is not something I accept. Humans are distinct creations, and though we, like animals, have basic instincts, humans are unique in that we are capable of reason and moral decision-making. Using the label “homosexuality” for basic sexual urges in animals I find to be quite a stretch. And animals commit some instinctual atrocities that we, as humans, would never accept, e.g., cannibalism, all sorts of physical brutality towards one another, etc. We have a different approach to this, which basically is the evolution/creation debate.

2. In line with that, I would say that our understanding of morality is defined by humans or by the Creator – God. I, as a Christian, go to God, not humans, simply because I believe that God knows better than us frail, reactionary humans. He created the system, and He knows what is best. To me the Bible is quite clear on interpersonal sexual relationships.

3. You mention that it is okay to dabble in homosexuality and then return to heterosexuality. I would say that is risky at best, simply because sex can be addictive. Kids who start sexual activity in their early teens have a horrendous time shutting the urge down and often have problems with chronic promiscuity. Not to mention the multiple times higher risk of STD’s and emotional turmoil, especially in the homosexual community.

4. I would disagree with you as well that their unhealthy lifestyle does not impose on me. I would argue that any unhealthy behaviour in our society can affect, to some small or large extent, the rest of society. Sexuality is an extremely strong cultural force. When a culture’s understanding of sexuality and interpersonal relationships deviate from the created order (there, again, my creationist angle:) the culture will head downhill. Anyone working with children can see the impact on them of warped understandings of sexuality, marriage, and relationships that permeate many of their homes and, certainly, the culture as a whole.
Then there are health costs. I have little sympathy for anyone who thinks that he or she has the “right” to do as he/she wishes with no regard for the fact that I am paying for his/her unhealthy lifestyle.

Anyway, I do not think that we can continue on this thread. I will look for your comments in other threads, and I have appreciated our dialogue.
commented 2017-10-31 04:32:27 -0400
Nice spin Hohimer… Ask anybody in the gay community about how many “relationships” have broken up because one of the partners went after “chicken”… “Incredibly small percentage” speaks volumes about you honesty on the subject…
commented 2017-10-31 01:47:41 -0400
Andy Neimers,

It’s not “many”. It’s a negligible number in comparison to the amount of gay people there are in the world, but of course those who hate gay people will try to make a mountain out of a molehill when there is a story in the news and will moronically say something like gay = pedophilia.

There are countless more straight men that are pedophiles, but that doesn’t serve the conservative agenda that gay people are evil, so let’s just focus on an incredibly small percentage of gay men that equally have the same problem as straight men.
commented 2017-10-31 01:36:30 -0400
Leviticus 20:13,

I am saying that anal sex between a man and a woman is a popular sexual position IN GENERAL and has been the case for what seems like forever.

Is this really a revelation to you at you age? You seem very puritanical, uptight and maybe even sexually repressed. Yes, when couples are having sex all the time – the missionary position gets to be boring as hell and some couples will try anal sex.

Is performing oral sex on a vagina sick to you as well?
From The Ground Up