A mother of three has penned an open letter to the New York Post that she as from now bans her kids from watching the Disney Channel after one of the shows was showing a transgender character battling with their own sexuality.
Disney XD, a separate Disney channel aimed at kids from age 6 till 14, has a show called “Star vs. the Forces of Evil.”
In one of the more recent episodes, a young boy dresses up as a princess in order to save some young girls from an evil headmistress at a school.
The conversation then goes like this:
Headmistress: Turdina isn’t a princess. She’s a boy!”
Girls: “Why does it matter if he’s a boy? Nothing he said was wrong!” “He can be a princess if he wants to!” “Turdina is a state of mind!”
This is, of course, difficult to explain to your kids afterwards, because their heroes on the show have taken a clear side, so if you plan on sticking to your conservative or religiously inspired morals, then Disney just put a block on your road.
Earlier this year, a first supportive character on a Disney show called ‘Andi Mack’ came out as gay.
In a statement, Disney defended it’s decision to show this to young children: “Andi Mack is a story about‘tweens’ figuring out who they are.”
“Creator Terri Minsky, the cast and everyone involved in the show take great care in ensuring that it’s appropriate for all audiences and sends a powerful message about inclusion and respect for humanity.”
“Disney remains committed to continuing to create characters that are accessible and relatable to all children.”
It’s mostly the last part which is as from now quite untrue. If you want your children to follow your own principles or introduce them to these facts of life at a later age, then all you can do as from now is ban Disney, as they have chosen the road forward without consulting their viewers.
Whereas the first time Disney decided to introduce a gay character into one of their shows, they were keen on informing the public, the second and third time this has been much less the case, making it troubling if you decide to let your children watch the Disney channel for hours upon end.
It is not necessarily about the road that Disney has chosen to take, it is mostly about the fact that this road has been taken without consulting with their own base, the viewers.