literal disney channel appreciation post
so last summer i got on my laptop and binged a disney channel show called andi mack. i don’t remember why, but i somehow always manage to find the media i appreciate without even knowing it at the time. i watched the entire first season, and the second season premiere came out last saturday or sunday night; i don’t remember which one. i watched it just a few minutes ago, and i’d like to commend disney for this episode.
there’s a particular scene i’d like to mention here, and there’s a link here if you’d like to watch it. i strongly recommend you do so, but if you’re unable, i’ll summarize.
these characters, buffy and cyrus, are seventh graders. they have these friends, (also seventh graders) andi and jonah, who seem to be near getting together. they’re “talking”, if you may. cyrus and buffy are talking, and cyrus is expressing his mild jealousy. he likes jonah.
in case you haven’t yet realized, this boy is practically coming out to his friend. the most meaningful thing about this scene is what she says back. he tells her, “i feel weird…different.” and she tells him, “cyrus, you’ve always been weird. but you’re no different.”
this scene means a lot, and i’d like to thank disney for including the lgbtq community and exposing children to the existence of these people in the world. even moreso, i’d like to commend their morals.
here’s an abbreviated list of reasons why disney definitely shouldn’t have aired that episode.
- they probably lost views
- very “controversial”
- their entire reputation just changed
- they probably lost a lot of money on this because of homophobes in the media
here’s a list of reasons they should have.
- social and cultural progression for the lgbtq community in children’s media
that’s it. let me highlight this for you.
this company valued social justice over money.
and i appreciate it a lot. so, in conclusion, i’d like to thank disney for making history by educating children on the existence and validity of the lgbtq community. seriously, it means a lot to many of us. ❤️💛💚💙💜