Should the Disney Channel Have Shows With Gay Characters?
SodaHead TV 2011/01/13 12:00:00
Popular shows aimed at adults, like "Will and Grace" and "Modern Family," have made homosexuality on television relatively commonplace. But what about shows aimed at kids?
Gary Marsh, the president of Disney Channel Worldwide, revealed at the Television Critics Association Press Tour that his network was working on a Disney original movie called "Lemonade Mouth" about a group of misfits who form a band, and hinted that it would include at least one ambiguously homosexual character.
Marsh explained, "These are not the cool kids. These are the outsiders. These are the kids who strike a blow for every other kid who feels displaced or ignored or insubordinated to the cools and the populars at school. We leave it up to our audience to interpret who these characters are and how they relate to them."
Because Disney tries to avoid sexual content completely, Marsh noted that they would not explicitly reveal that any of the characters are homosexual, however he did reveal that it would be there in the subtext.
"We don't deal with sexuality on the Disney Channel in general," Marsh clarified. "That's just sort of not where our audience's head's at. They're really a pre-sexual audience, for the most part, and so sexuality is not how we look to tell any kind of stories."
Would you accept Disney's inclusion of homosexual characters, even if it was kept ambiguous?
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