It seems Disney no longer has a mission of making classic, quality films like Finding Nemo, The Lion King and Cars that we all enjoy. Instead, Disney has chosen to engage in social issues, such as promoting homosexuality to children.
One of the main shows that Disney has accomplished this with is the sit-com Andi Mack on The Disney Channel. In the show, there are a least three instances where Disney has promoted homosexuality.
Two years ago, the Disney sit-com featured a character, Cyrus Goodman, who came out as gay. Cyrus confessed to his friend Buffy that he liked one of the boys on the show.
In a subsequent episode, Cyrus became the first Disney character to say “I’m gay.”
And lastly, during the recent series finale, Disney depicted its first teenage gay couple. In the scene Cyrus Goodman tells his classmate TJ Kippen that he likes him. Cyrus ask TJ, “Is there anything else you want to tell me?” TJ responds, “Yeah.” TJ then asks Cyrus the same question to which Cyrus responds, “Yes.” They both then smile and hold each other’s hands.
These are just some of the recent examples of how Disney has decided to promote a liberal ideology rather than create quality entertainment, but it’s been a trend for several years now.
In 2014, Disney Channel’s Good Luck Charlie featured an episode where Charlie “has a playdate with another little girl who just so happens to have two moms.” This was the first instance where The Disney Channel featured a gay couple. In response, Focus President Jim Daly wrote a blog on how parents can respond.
Two years ago, the TV channel Disney Junior, in its cartoon, Doc McStuffins, featured another family with two moms. The cartoon is targeted to 2 to 5 year olds. The two moms were voiced by lesbian-identified actresses Wanda Sykes and Portia de Rossi.
Disney has even brought their LGBT agenda to the Marvel Universe. Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, recently revealed that they are looking to have an openly gay actor as one of their next new superheroes. “While the studio is open to actors of all ethnicity, they would prefer the role to go to an openly gay actor.” In addition, Tessa Thompson, who plays Valkyrie in Marvel’s “Thor” series, recently confirmed that her character is bisexual. According to CNN, Valkyrie “radiated bi energy.”
Also, in Disney’s blockbuster film, “Beauty and the Beast,” a live-action version of the 1991 animated musical, LeFou who is played by Josh Gad, was portrayed as being gay. The LGBT subplot in the movie is “dedicate[ed] to the original film’s late lyricist Howard Ashman,” who was a homosexual and tragically died of AIDS in 1991.
Next year, Disney plans to continue presenting more LGBT themes. It recently acquired the rights to a 2018 20th Century Fox movie called Love, Simon. The film features a boy named Simon who “keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends and all of his classmates: he’s gay.” Disney plans on turning the film into a television series for its new streaming service, Disney+.
This increasingly common presentation of homosexuality comes at the same time Disney’s CEO Bob Iger said they may cease filming in Georgia in response to the state’s new pro-life law. Iger said, “I think many people who work for us will not want to work there, and we will have to heed their wishes… I don’t see how it’s practical for us to continue to shoot there.”
Disney is not the only entertainment company that has become increasingly assertive in its push of liberal social values.
The TV show Supergirl, which runs on The CW, just added its first transgender woman to the cast. Supergirl is a show dedicated to having a woman as the main superhero. It does seem a bit ironic that a man who believes himself to be a woman has now taken the part that would otherwise have been filled by a woman.
In addition, the TV series Arthur which is run by PBS Kids (and is funded by taxpayer dollars), recently featured a same-sex wedding.
And, the TV series SheZow which runs on The Hub, a channel “for children and tweens” features a gender switching character named Guy. “When [Guy] finds a magic ring, he is transformed into the female superhero SheZow… [and] the secret phrase he must say to transform into SheZow is… ‘You go, girl!’
There are three main takeaways from all of this. First, these examples are yet more illustrations of how corporate America is hostile to traditional Christian values. Disney is now giving children confusing and age inappropriate messages about relationships, sexuality and marriage. Second, television makes it possible for entertainment companies to provide children with content that parents don’t approve of without their knowledge. Parents must be diligent in monitoring what their children choose to watch. Third, there are alternative forms of entertainment. Rather than watching television, children can read books instead. A recent report revealed that “24 percent of American adults haven’t read a book in the past year.” Yet, research has shown that “the more children read, the greater their vocabulary growth and cognitive skills.” Parents should consider encouraging their child to pick up a book, and turn off the screen.
With entertainment companies increasingly and openly promoting messages antithetical to Christian teaching and values, we must be careful what content we allow into our homes. Focus on the Family is ready to help you with this by providing a great entertainment guide called Plugged In which helps parents decide what shows and movies are safe for their children to watch.
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