In its fourth and last season, the popular Disney show Good Luck Charlie has a scene featuring playmate Taylor and her “two moms.” Significantly absent is Taylor’s dad:
The network has carefully planned this moment. Last June Disney announced its intention to portray a de-gendered couple on the show. TV Guide reported:
"But Disney Channel understands the groundbreaking nature of featuring a same-sex couple on one of its sitcoms and took extra care in crafting the episode. "This particular storyline was developed under the consultancy of child development experts and community advisors," a Disney Channel spokesperson says. "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."
If Disney supports inclusiveness, why did they purposely exclude Taylor’s father? Do they want to teach children that sexual diversity is more important than gender diversity?
US Magazine reported actress Desi Lydic, who played one of the moms, tweeted her excitement after the program aired: "I'm so proud to be part of that episode! Go Disney! #equality."
Treating Taylor differently from other kids by preventing her from having a loving and committed relationship with her father is called "equality"?
Pop star superpower Miley Cyrus knows the power of Disney and the media on a personal and financial level. She.shared her enthusiasm also: "I commend Disney for making this step into the light of this generation," she wrote. "They control…so much of what kids think!”
When kids are little, they believe whatever you tell them. They’ve “got to be carefully taught,” as the South Pacific song goes. Should we intentionally teach them that dads are irrelevant? Or should we show them that fathers are important to all children, regardless of their mom’s sexuality? Should we or shouldn't we teach children to be sexist?
We are called to love and respect all people regardless of their sexual orientation. But that doesn’t mean we should applaud like lemmings when dad is excluded from a child’s life simply because he’s male.
Support pro-gender marriage. Because families should reflect themes of gender-diversity and inclusiveness. And dads are relevant to kids all around the world.