What would Walt think? Disney Channel debuts same-sex couple

Disney finally does something right with a subtle representation of same-sex parents. Photo from E! Online.

For those of you who no longer watch the Disney Channel or only watch “when you’re babysitting” you may not know that the newest episode of “Good Luck Charlie” featured two lesbian moms.

In the episode titled “Down a Tree,” Amy and Bob Duncan arrange a playdate for their young daughter Charlie. They later find out that Charlie’s friend is the daughter of a lesbian couple, Cheryl and Susan. This was the second to last episode of the series, and it looks like they decided to go out with a bang.

TV Guide first reported the news of this groundbreaking episode back in June. The decision received support from actress Evan Rachel Wood and Disney Channel alumna Miley Cyrus. “I commend Disney for making this step into the light of this generation,” Cyrus tweeted.

While same-sex couples are nothing new thanks to shows such as “Glee,” “The Fosters” and “Modern Family,” this is the first time Disney Channel has dipped its toes into the LGBT pool. A spokesperson for the children’s network told TV Guide that Disney Channel programming aims to “reflect themes of diversity and inclusiveness.”

The episode was relaxed and the main plot was about the oldest daughter, Teddy. Not putting a spotlight on the fact that it was lesbian couple took the drama out of the episode. It felt real and normal.

Welcome to the neighborhood! Photo from New Now Next.

Welcome to the neighborhood! Photo from New Now Next.

Of course, not everything was sunshine and rainbows. Conservative group One Million Moms thought the episode pushed views that some children might not be ready for. The group (that is not actually made up of one million mothers) launched a campaign in 2013 demanding that Disney not produce the episode.

Disney has been moving in a more “liberal” direction since the ’90s, when Disney World hosted Gay Days in the parks. Since then, Gay Days have become one of the largest gay pride events in the world. Disney World even has an openly gay president.

Clearly Disney did not care what the radical group had to say, and because this is the final season, that was the first and last episode for Cheryl and Susan.

The episode was perfect timing for the mass wedding that also took place Sunday night at the Grammys. Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Madonna and Queen Latifah sang Macklemore’s hit song “Same Love” while marrying 33 straight, gay and lesbian couples in front of a national audience.

The message of same love and equality is everywhere in today’s media, forcing people to pay attention. Maybe the introduction of Susan and Cheryl will make way for a new Disney Channel program that shows kids being a same-sex family has no stigma attached to it.

What do you think about Disney’s progressive move? Check out a clip from the episode here.

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