Most 13-year-olds are still in middle school. Many still play with dolls or action figures, like to dress up, play outside and scrape their knees, have sleepovers, and generally are still only barely leaving the innocence of childhood.
At least, that’s how it was a few decades ago. Now, they are met with a barrage of sex, drugs, and rock and roll (well, hip hop at least), and if it’s not in their explicit middle school sex ed classes, it’s on television.
The Disney Channel boasts itself as a one-stop channel for child and tween entertainment and has been host to such squeaky-clean hit series as ‘Hanna Montana’ and ‘Lizzie McGuire.’
Of course, it’s 2017, and they’ve got to get hip with the times, which means throwing down for the gay agenda and adding gay characters to their shows–even if they’re children.
This season on the series ‘Andi Mack’, which follows a 13-year-old girl who discovers that a woman she thought was her older sister is really her mother, it has been revealed that one of the other 13-year-old characters on the show, “Cyrus”, will be struggling with his “identity” and coming out as gay to his friends.
In case you might be wondering if this is just a plot point with no agenda behind it, it’s not. Disney definitely has an agenda.
“Andi Mack is a story about ‘tweens’ figuring out who they are,” said Disney Channel in a statement, according to the blog Deadline. “(Creator) Terri Minsky, the cast and everyone involved in the show takes great care in ensuring that it’s appropriate for all audiences and sends a powerful message about inclusion and respect for humanity.”
Disney channel executives and producers also made sure the gay lobby approved of the plot line by providing private screenings for gay advocacy groups GLAAD and PFLAG, who enthusiastically expressed their approval.
“With more and more young people coming out as LGBTQ, Andi Mack is reflecting the lives and lived experiences of so many LGBTQ youth around the country,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, the President and CEO of GLAAD. “Television reflects the real life world and today that includes LGBTQ youth who deserve to see their lives depicted on their favorite shows. Disney has been a leader in LGBTQ inclusion and there are so many young people who will be excited to see Cyrus’ story unfold.”
While Jaime M. Grant, the Executive Director of PFLAG, said, “Sharing one’s innermost self can be challenging, and to do so as an adolescent can be particularly so, especially when in the midst of figuring it out for yourself. Coming out requires honest self-reflection, no small amount of bravery, and a safe place with at least one trusted person – a friend, a parent, a teacher – who can hold your confidence…and your heart. Andi Mack’s creative team captures this moment of revelation with such thought, care, and authenticity; it will be a memory moment for some, and a teachable moment for many.”
I wonder how many traditional values advocacy groups they consulted before breaking news of the storyline?