“Controversial topics and lifestyle choices should be left up to the parents to discuss and Disney Junior should not introduce this to young children,” said the organization One Million Moms in a blog post. “Just because an issue may be legal or because some are choosing a lifestyle doesn’t make it morally correct. Disney should stick to entertaining and providing family-friendly programming instead of pushing an agenda.”
The episode, which aired this past Saturday on Disney Junior, centers on the importance of having a plan in place for emergencies. The lesbian characters, voiced by Wanda Sykes and Portia de Rossi, face an earthquake caused by a toy dragon jumping and down, and they run for safety—one with each child—in separate directions.
Episode writer Chris McNee is also a lesbian and said that the story is reflective of her own household.
“I always envision Doc McStuffins as a show about what it means to accept everyone as part of our communities. As part of a two-mom family, I’m proud to have an episode that reflects my son’s world, and shows everyone that love is love in McStuffinsville,” she told GLAAD.
McNee made similar remarks in 2012 when the program was first released, candidly admitting that she sought to include “subtle messages” in the show.
“Even though this is a kid’s show and we’re not going to see gay storylines, how do you instill subtle messages about acceptance and how people are different? Is that always in the back of your head when doing these shows?” she was asked by the outlet After Ellen.
“Definitely,” McNee replied. “My son has two moms and it’s a huge part of my life as a human being. And it’s been an incredible part of the way that I see the world and the way I see characters, and the way I want to create characters who are incredibly accepting of each other and whatever is happening in their life.”
“My own biological family is an amazing family, but I think that classic story of gay kids is that you end up creating that family of friends and that’s always reflected in my work,” she said.
McNee advised that Disney was supportive of her endeavor.
“I have to be honest: I was surprised and very pleasantly surprised that Disney has been happy to celebrate who I am and who my family is. And when we talk about how my son is the inspiration of this show, we’re also talking about my family, and my family is my partner Lisa, myself and Theo,” she outlined. “Kudos to Disney for that, and I think we all know that the world continues to change.”
One Million Moms is asking parents to contact Disney to express disapproval of the episode, noting that “[f]amilies will not be able to allow Disney Channel in their homes if the network veers away from family-friendly entertainment.”
As previously reported, Disney also raised concerns earlier this year when it aired its first-ever same-sex kissing scene during a broadcast of its cartoon “Star vs. the Forces of Evil,” as well as when Bill Condon, director of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” live-action remake, revealed that that the film would include a subtle “gay moment.”
Condon told the homosexual travel magazine Passport in 2012 that he wished he could say he was like “Lord of the Rings” star Ian McKellen, who has admitted to ripping Leviticus 18:22 out of hotel Bibles because of its prohibition of homosexual sex acts.