Disney features queer parents on children’s television show
Disney is receiving a lot of attention after featuring a same-sex couple in the hit Disney Junior show, Doc McStuffins. The episode, titled “The Emergency Plan” premiered on August 5, and centers around child doctor, Doc McStuffins, as she helps to reunite a toy doll family after they are separated, during an earthquake caused by a stomping dinosaur toy, due to their lack of earthquake preparedness. The overall message of the episode is to teach children and their families the importance of being prepared for a natural disaster. For some families though, the biggest takeaway seems to be that this doll family has two moms.
The doll couple, voiced by celebrities Portia de Rossi and Wanda Sykes, is not the first time “Doc McStuffins” has featured a family that was not a one biological dad, one biological mom, stereotypical television family. In February 2016, the McStuffins family welcomed a third child into their family, thanks to adoption.
Disney has previously been labelled in the media as a progressive organization, or at least one that attempts to keep up with the times. The company has previously received attention for featuring a lesbian couple in an episode of Disney’s “Good Luck Charlie” in 2014, and March 2017 featured same-sex kissing on Disney XD show “Star vs. the Forces of Evil.”
“I always envision “Doc McStuffins” as a show about what it means to accept everyone as part of our communities. As part of a two-mom family, I’m proud to have an episode that reflects my son’s world, and shows everyone that love is love in McStuffinsville,” says creator and executive producer Chris Nee, who is also the author of the episode.
Obviously, One Million Moms, the organization known for getting upset about anything that can be remotely tied into the LGBTQ community, is not happy about Doc McStuffins featuring two moms on Doc McStuffins.
“If producers air this episode as originally planned, then conservative families will have no choice but to no longer watch Disney Channel Network in their homes so they can avoid previews, commercials, and reruns,” calls the petition on the One Million Moms website.
More importantly, One Million Moms, shouldn’t you be asking your readers if they have their natural disaster kit prepared? After all, every time you see an LGBTQ+ person on television you act like the world is ending.