The Disney Channel broke new ground last week when writers for the popular family sitcom "Good Luck Charlie" made the decision to feature a lesbian couple on the program.
A Disney Channel spokesperson previously told TV Guide that the episode was "developed to be relevant to kids and families around the world and to reflect themes of diversity and inclusiveness."
Predictably, far-right conservative group One Million Moms is outraged over the LGBT inclusion in Disney programming and has issued a formal statement in response to the lesbian couple. A portion of the statement reads,
One Million Moms launched an email campaign in 2013 that urged Disney officials to abandon their plans to corrupt the children’s network with LGBT content. However, Disney officials have not responded to the thousands of emails protesting their plans. Disney has decided to be politically correct instead of providing family-friendly programming. Disney should stick to entertaining, not pushing an agenda.
Conservative families need to urge Disney to avoid controversial topics that children are far too young to comprehend. 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 statement in full can be read at Lez Get Real.
One Million Moms has a long-standing history of mass e-mail initiatives and attempting to stage boycotts in response to high-visibility moves that may in any way benefit the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender community, or even the mere mention or promotion of sex or sexuality in mainstream media.
Just last December the group freaked out over Kmart's "12 Balls of Christmas" holiday commercial, claiming that the men were "thrusting in a sexualized way," as well as "shaking" and "gyrating." In the past the group has also sought a ban of Disney World's "Gay Days" and claimed responsibility for getting the gay NBC sitcom "The New Normal" cancelled.
However, not everyone was shocked by the LGBT inclusion in Disney programming. Several stars actually tweeted their support when the show's lesbian couple was first announced last summer, including openly bisexual actress Evan Rachel Wood and former Disney star Miley Cyrus.
Hell yea @afterellen
— Evan Rachel Wood (@evanrachelwood) June 23, 2013
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) June 23, 2013
Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated which network aired "The New Normal." This has been corrected.