by DAVE FUMAROLA
“This particular storyline was developed under the consultancy of child development experts and community advisors,” a spokesperson for Disney Channel 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.” According to TV Guide, the episode is about the Duncans setting up a play date for Charlie with a new friend. When the kid arrives, the Duncans learn the other parents are lesbian moms.
The planned storyline was announced last year and Disney vet Miley Cyrus even offered her support.
Of course, not everyone is thrilled with the episode. Right-wing group One Million Mimes naturally condemned the episode. “Conservative families need to urge Disney to avoid controversial topics that children are far too young to comprehend,” organizers wrote when the story was announced, according to Lez Get Real. “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.”
The show’s message boards on IMDb demonstrate the opposing views. Many viewers posted comments like “Disney has lost their minds” and some even compared gay parenting to bestiality and pedophilia. Luckily, those comments are already getting enough flack from the more liberal members of the show’s audience.
If children shouldn’t be confronted with homosexuality on TV, what are they going to do in real life? Let’s say the scenario from the episode happens in real life. It would be a lot easier to explain to your child why their friend has to mommies if you can refer to the episode of Good Luck Charlie they just watched. You can condemn homosexuality and try to shelter your kids as long as possible, but they will definitely encounter it eventually (if not live as homosexuals themselves).
The debate is relatively pointless as the series is coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be more homosexual couples on the Disney Channel. After all, Disney owns ABC Family and that’s pretty much THE place to be if you’re a lesbian teenager.