I want to congratulate Disney on featuring their first same-sex couple in the form of Susan and Cheryl on the show “Good Luck Charlie.”
Even though the first gay TV character appeared on CBS’s “All in the Family” in 1971, only recently have stations started to include LGBT identified people in shows and commercials. Glee had the engagement of Kurt and Blaine (Aw! Sorry I have an aw moment every time of think of their engagement! :-)), Modern Family has a gay couple and their adopted daughter and Kevin and Scotty were a married gay couple with a daughter on Brothers and Sisters.
“I think that it’s great, that it shows that television is getting more diverse,” said Liliana Bello, a 19-year-old UF chemical engineering freshman. “I’m honestly surprised that this hasn’t happened sooner.”
Support came from Miley Cyrus, Harry Styles and fans of the show but Disney was predictably attacked by conservative groups like One Million Moms for “pushing an agenda” of “controversial topics that children are far too young to comprehend.”
Five-year-old Mia Talerico, who plays Charlie on the show also got defaced pictures of herself and death threats on Instagram after the show aired. This is a child for crying out loud! Leave the kid alone you sickos!
The couple will probably not appear on the show again because the show’s final episode airs on Sunday, but lots see this as the first of numerous LGBT Disney characters to come.
“I think it has to do with the increased mobilization of queer politics, where a queer family structure can be just as normal as heterosexual. We’re seeing a translation in mainstream media where a queer family structure isn’t necessarily risque or threatening. I think we’re slowly starting to see Disney make that turn that other broadcasting companies are doing. Within the next 10 to 15 years, I believe there will be a LGBT main character in a Disney movie or show.”, said Justin Grant, a UF feminist and queer studies graduate assistant.
My own opinion on this whole thing is that it is amazing. Fabulous progression from Disney and long awaited. About time really. For years that has been a problem I have had with scripts for kids’ TV and film. That they don’t include LGBT couples and hence are helping unintentionally to set up a society of people filled with hate for anybody different from themselves. I always said that when I have kids myself that I want them to know from early in their lives that you treat people equally whether it’s in terms of their sexuality, skin colour, religion or lack of religion or if their personality is different from yours and this is a real advance and help to parents who don’t want their kid to be, let’s call a spade a spade, a homophobe. I certainly wouldn’t want them to be a homophobe. I would be ashamed of my life if they were. I know I certainly wouldn’t have reared them to be. I also was thinking that there is a lot of LGBT parents out there and for their kids to be able to see same-sex parents in a show is fantastic. And maybe it’ll show other kids who might be bullying some of these kids because their parents are gay that their bullying is wrong. Some kids are cruel. I know. I was bullied for various different things at school. But as well as been cruel these bullies are young and probably been influenced by parents who think that way. Maybe this will help them to develop the right way to treat people.