“Hey, so you know that show Good Luck Charlie?” I asked my 8-year-old daughter, knowing perfectly well that she did, she’s a big fan. “Well, Charlie’s new friend has two moms.”
Her reply was one simple word, “So?” She was completely nonplused and had no idea why I would bring this up, why would this be news, or any kind of a big deal. Of course there would be same-sex parents on TV. Same-sex parents are everywhere: in our neighborhood, in her school, in our extended family. My daughter is growing up in San Francisco, a place that is known for gay culture, and her favorite cousin also happens to have two moms.
I like to think that she is lucky, my girl is being raised in a community where there is no outward prejudice towards same-sex unions. In her world, it is totally normal, but for many kids her age, it is not. For that reason, this very special episode of Good Luck Charlie is creating quite a bit of chatter. Simply put, being exposed to a slice-of-life representation of gay parents will breed acceptance in the minds of young kids. And that is a great thing.
Disney addressed the issue beautifully and with subtle strokes. There were no raised eyebrows, judgments, or shock and awe. As one commenter on LGBRQNation wrote, “LOVE how a big deal was NOT made of this”
It is merely a reflection of what our rich cultural tapestry is really like, something that was intentional on Disney’s part. “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,” Disney said in a statement.
This is the first notable time we can recall that a same-sex couple has been represented on a big children’s network, and it may prove to be an important step in the evolution of programming for kids. And that’s not the only place same-sex characters may have been featured in Disney’s productions recently, NewNowNext writer Dan Avery believes there is a subtle shout-out to same-sex parents in Frozen:
“Disney’s new animated fairy tale Frozen is breaking all kinds of box-office records, but the $300-million-plus blockbuster is also breaking new ground for LGBT depictions: We watched the movie again last night (whattyawant, we’re fans!) and noticed that when Oaken refers to his family at ‘Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post and Sauna,’ he points to four kids and a burly man. The inference being, of course, that the blond bohunk is Oaken’s husband.”
While parents and media outlets alike are celebrating Disney’s choice to include this stylish lesbian couple on Good Luck Charlie, not everyone is pleased, namely the conservative group One Million Moms who said:
“Unfortunately, children are now being exposed to same-sex marriage on a network that is designed for kids. This is the last place a parent would expect their children to be confronted with topics that are too complicated for them to understand. Issues of this nature are being introduced too early and too soon, and it is becoming extremely common and unnecessary.”
I would argue that One Million Moms is totally wrong. Kids should be exposed to same-sex couple earlier not later. People fear what they do not know. Knowledge will breed acceptance. Gay and lesbian couples are just a part of life like a blonde couple or a bi-racial couple or really tall couple. It’s just people in love and creating a family, something we should celebrate no matter what form it takes.
What do you think of Disney including a lesbian couple on Good Luck Charlie?
Also check out how progressive Disney is towards to LGBT community here: 7 Ways Walt Disney Stands for Family Values and Equality for All!