Good Luck Charlie will feature a ‘groundbreaking’ lesbian couple!
It’s not often we write about children’s programming on Unreality TV, but we’ve got some great news today: Disney are casting for a lesbian couple to appear in an episode of Good Luck Charlie.
According to TV Guide, the Duncans will take Charlie to a play date with a child from her playgroup. It’s only when Bob and Amy arrive at the playdate that they discover the child has two moms. It’ll be interesting to see how the show (and the characters) handle the relationship, although it’s only expected to be a one-off storyline since Good Luck Charlie is currently shooting its final season:
Producers are currently casting the couple, with production set for next week. The episode will air in early 2014 as part of Good Luck Charlie‘s final season. Because Good Luck Charlie is coming to a close, the characters are only expected to appear in this one episode.
It’s said that the two couples will hit it off initially, with one of the moms striking up a bond with Amy. Unfortunately, the other will have to listen to some of Bob’s less interesting stories. (Yes, my kids force me to watch the show!)
Apparently Disney will be treating the issue sensitively – since it’s a first for a Disney show, and is aimed at a young audience. TV Guide say that the plot involving the play date will be a minor part of the episode. A spokesperson for the Disney Channel said:
This particular storyline was developed under the consultancy of child development experts and community advisors. 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.
We’re fully supportive of LGBT rights here at Unreality TV, and it’s refreshing to see a children’s programme opening up to include gay characters. Obviously, their sexuality isn’t going to be at the forefront of the storyline (although it’s inevitable that some ultra-conservatives will try to claim it’s all a big gay plot to turn our children gay). This is a massive step toward inclusiveness and showing kids (and the adult viewers) that homosexual people are normal.
Normal. That seems like a weird thing to have to say. Whatever your particular sexual proclivities are, you don’t expect to be judged on them! We hope in the way that Modern Family and The New Normal portray gay couples are everyday people with everyday problems, a new generation will grow up less hostile to people who may or may not be different from them.
Well done, Disney Channel. We salute you.