In case you missed it, last friday, June 23rd, was a huge night for LGBT representation. Two shows currently airing on Disney Channel, one in the UK and one in the US, featured scenes with characters revealed as LGBT. Josh played by Joshua Sinclair-Evans on The Lodge and Cyrus Goodman played by Joshua Rush on Andi Mack. Spoilers for the shows and my thoughts below.
On The Lodge Josh is talking to a friend and when the conversation turns to girls, well one girl in particular, Josh casually states that she’s not his type and then clarifies later that he’s not interested in any girls because “girls aren’t really my type.” It was refreshing to see him come out in such a casual way. I must admit I’ve never seen The Lodge before so I don’t know too much about his character or the show but I’m certainly going to be checking it out.
On Andi Mack we’ve seen Cyrus interacting with his friend Jonah for a whole season and it seemed obvious that he’s had a crush on him. We also knew from an article in the New York Times that there would be a story line involving a boy coming to terms with his sexuality. Unlike The Lodge, Cyrus hasn’t said out loud who he is interested in yet but with a very simple action our suspicions were confirmed. In the finale, while Jonah was talking with Amber about Andi she said “if she turns to look back at you it means that she likes you and not just as a friend.” Jonah leaves before he sees that Andi looks back and then a few seconds later so does Cyrus. Cyrus likes Jonah! (There’s even a video of the cast watching this scene together and cheering ecstatically when Cyrus looks back.) This was a very intentional moment and I appreciate how they executed this scene. Andi looks back and that clearly implies that she likes Jonah it makes sense she’s the lead of the show, she’s said many times that she likes him, the viewer easily accepts that she looked back because she likes him. Then we see Cyrus do the exact same thing are we supposed to come to a different conclusion because he’s a boy and looked back. Absolutely not. The show has already been renewed so this story line will continue and develop next season.
I’m really happy to see Disney taking these steps to bring representation to their network. Everyone who watches Disney needs role models and characters they can relate to and that’s been lacking for a long time! If you aren’t watching already I’d recommend you check them out and spread the word so these shows can stay on the air!
highlights of the dmc livestream ft. ben, josh and Casey. 4.12.17
-josh losing jenga
-ben hiding from the camera
-josh climbing in a dog cage and ben locking him in
-demarius being envious of a dogs flexibility
-JOSH DOING INTERPRETIVE DANCES TO DEAR EVAN HANSEN
-ben getting stuck in the window
-josh breaking the window
-casey yelling at josh to leave the window alone
-ben burping then snapping his fingers and leaving the room
-CASEY IN HER “I <3 BEN COOK” SWEATER
-demarius complaining about running out of wine
-ben kicking josh’s ass while he’s climbing in the window
-demarius zooming in on bens ass
-josh and ben fighting like an old couple
-ben singing “I rub my nipples and start moaning with delight” x2
-casey yelling at ben and josh to shut up
-nick masson showing up in the comments
-ben directing josh’s performance
-caseys interview with ben
-they lost a cat
-josh and ben serenading demarius
-DID I MENTION JOSHS INTERPRETIVE IMPROV TO DISAPPEAR AND WAVING THROUGH A WINDOW THAT INVOLVED DANCING ON A CHAIR, CLIMBING ONTO THE FIRE ESCAPE AND GETTING STUCK, GETTING LOCKED IN A DOG KENNEL AND GIVING IT TO THE CAMERA WITH THOSE DRAMATIC LOOKS
Joshua Burrage as Jared in DEH. Just think about it. HE WOULD BE AMAZING. He’s like the perfect combination of nerd and sass and he has such a unique voice, I just really think he would be perfect for the part honestly.😭
U2 - Bono (Paul David Hewson), The Edge (David Howell Evans), Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen Jr. @ BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, BC, Canada on Friday, May 12, 2017.
The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 Setlist for Opening Night:
Sunday Bloody Sunday New Year’s Day A Sort Of Homecoming MLK Pride (In The Name Of Love)
Joshua Tree: Where The Streets Have No Name I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For With Or Without You Bullet The Blue Sky Running To Stand Still Red Hill Mining Town In God’s Country Trip Through Your Wires One Tree Hill Exit / Eeny Meeny Miny Moe (snippet) Mothers Of The Disappeared / El Pueblo Vencera (snippet)
Encore Beautiful Day Elevation Ultra Violet (Light My Way) One Miss Sarajevo The Little Things That Give You Away
can be backed up with this, not even a week ago I was very against
watching The Lodge even though Thomas Doherty was in it - this had been
because I had seen the very poorly acted stair fall scene and I wasn’t
all that excited for the love triangle. Knowing Thomas Doherty was in it
wasn’t exactly enough for me but I decided to give it a try after
finding out that Jade Alleyne (who I was aware of through The 4 O’Clock
Club) was in it I decided to give it a chance. Now, less than a week
later, I’m actually in love with all of the characters and I just want
to protect them all.
Skye: Fifteen year old girl who begins running her own lodge, the power this
girl has put herself in! She’s super adorable and tries to be friendly
to everyone. She always keeps in touch with her best friend even though
miles away. And she also has to put up with two boys trying to win her
love, all the while making sure The Lodge continues to do well.
Rich kid bike enthusiast. Pretty face, and he’s Scottish. He literally
almost kills himself, Skye, and her dead within the first five minutes
of the pilot episode - that’s barely even an exaggeration. Will
basically put his best friend Ben before everything, he just wants his
friend to be happy and he doesn’t want to end up fighting over a girl.
Grumpy af to begin with, but only because he doesn’t want Skye and her
dad to sell the Lodge. Fake dating trope with Skye, just to save her
from Danielle. Actually super adorable, I went through a day long phase
of hating him but then I loved him again. Kinda problematic, forces Skye
to choose between him and Sean. Also a bike enthusiast but he knows
Sean is almost always better than him.
Kaylee: Actual ray
of sunshine? Aims to be a musician and she doesn’t let anything stop her
from pursuing that. She’s liked Noah for quite a while but he doesn’t
know that. She’s a really wonderful person and I love her.
a ray of sunshine!! Beautiful person. Dedicates a lot of time to
helping Kaylee with her music because he just so happens to have a crush
on her, but she has no clue! Basically always has headphones around his
neck because music takes up that much time in his life. Wants Kaylee to
pursue her dream, but also wants Kaylee.
Honestly, I love her. She’s the ‘bitch goes kind of good’ character,
starting off as Sean’s envious girlfriend and also the possible focus of
a reality show (which then ends up focusing on The Lodge). Has some
great reprises of the songs. Doesn’t like dirt.
Josh:OPENLY GAY DISNEY CHARACTER!
Okay, so literally with Josh, I thought it was going to be one of the
characters that you know is gay (Ryan Evans) but nothing is actually
done about it, so I was very pleasantly surprised that Josh’s sexuality
is acknowledged in the show! And accepted instantly! I actually cried
when I found out about the scene. Gossip queen. Starts his own live show
centered around the lodge. Another ray of sunshine. Mostly seen through
Skye’s phone scene but sometimes he shows up in person!! Probably the
best best friend you could get.
Oz: I felt like I had to include him here because I hate him and I don’t know why.
I know what you’re all dreading: THE LOVE TRIANGLE
Skye, Sean, and Ben. I wasn’t crazy about it either, there are some problematic character moments in this plot but I
actually really like that Ben and Sean do stay friends for a majority
of their time competing over Skye. Even after the choice is made, the
chosen one wants to make sure that the other is okay with it before
pursuing the relationship.
And myself and others have pointed out many times that it does have some very poly vibes to it. The music video for Favourite Place To Be
is a very poly take on the triangle. There’s also a couple of other
moments that I like to joke about it being a poly relationship, and it’s
a beautiful thing to imagine. Although, this is Disney, having an
openly gay character is probably enough for them. That doesn’t stop the poly fanfiction though ;)
#U2 (#JoshuaTree Tour 2017) - Bono (Paul David Hewson), The Edge (David Howell Evans), Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen Jr. @ Croke Park, #Dublin, #Ireland, on Saturday, July 22, 2017.
The #Joshua Tree #Tour 2017 #Setlist:
Sunday Bloody Sunday
New Year’s Day
Pride (In The Name Of Love)
Where The Streets Have No Name
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
With Or Without You
Bullet The Blue Sky
Running To Stand Still
Red Hill Mining Town
In God’s Country
Trip Through Your Wires
One Tree Hill
Exit / Eeny Meeny Miny Moe (snippet)
Mothers Of The Disappeared
Miss Sarajevo (Passengers cover)
Ultraviolet (Light My Way)
The Little Things That Give You Away (at Croke Park)