Writers for the Disney Channel shocked viewers last week when they debuted their first same-sex couple on the children's sitcom Good Luck Charlie.
In the episode, Amy and Bob Duncan set up a play date for their preschool daughter, Charlie. When Amy reveals that she met the mom, Susan, Bob interjects and says that he met the mom as well, except that her name is Cheryl. Moments later, the doorbell rings, and two women show up with their daughter — Charlie's play date.
"This particular story line was developed under the consultancy of child development experts and community advisors," a Disney Channel spokesperson told TV Guide. "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."
Many parents disapproved of Disney's decision to air a lesbian couple, arguing that children don't need to be exposed to this kind of matter. Kids are vulnerable and open to everything at this time in their lives. There's a right time and place to explain these topics, if the issues ever arise, they argued.
But the parents and celebrities that approved of the network's decision believe that it's time for change and equality.
Even former Disney Channel child star, Miley Cyrus, chimed up in approval. "Is this true?!?!?! I commend Disney for making this step into the light of this generation," Cyrus said. "They control...so much of what kids think! Life isn't bright sets and wardrobe and kids becoming superstars! This is INSPIRING."
Disney broke the news about introducing a lesbian couple on Good Luck Charlie last June, but the show didn't air until this year for the final season of the show.