The Disney Channel has disgusted gay activists by “failing” to have “out gay characters” on its programming for children. But right now, the gays are thrilled by the channel’s ad campaign “Make Your Mark” for featuring a 14-year-old named Ben, an aspiring filmmaker who made a film against bullying and “happens to have two moms.”
At AfterElton.com, blogger Ed Kennedy was glowing. “At the 0:12 mark, when he's showing us a bit about his life, he shows us his moms. Plural, with their arms around each other. It's the briefest of moments in a remarkable enough story, but it stopped me cold.” (Video below)
“It's such a small moment, but it was powerful to me, and I have a feeling it speaks volumes to kids with two moms or kids with two dads. What's even more remarkable is that the video is airing during the dinner hour, and has been since early November, and [the American Family Association’s] One Million Moms hasn't made a squeak,” Kennedy reported.
“We tried to get Nickelodeon and Disney to open up about why they have no openly gay teens on their programs back in 2010, and basically met a stone wall. They didn't even understand the question. And while this isn't a gay kid, it's one of the few instances outside of Degrassi that Disney Channel or Nickelodeon has shown that gay people exist in the world.”
As MRC founder Brent Bozell has explained,
TeenNick's grope opera "Degrassi" has had eight gay characters and is now normalizing "Adam," a female-to-male transgender teen. Co-creator Linda Schuyler proclaimed, "People are realizing that the lines of sexuality are not just drawn between gay guys and lesbian girls, but there is a sliding scale of sexuality, and that's something new."
No one should be surprised that [Jennifer] Armstrong [of Entertainment Weekly] and her GLAAD allies are also pushing to take the pro-gay message to grade-schoolers. Armstrong complained gay characters are "entirely absent from mainstream sitcoms and tween networks like Disney Channel and Nickelodeon." Disney Channel issued the magazine a vague statement about their "responsibility to present age-appropriate programming for millions of kids age 6-14 around the world."
"Age-appropriate" is not a term these activists recognize.
They were disgusted when Disney executive Gary Marsh said in 2008, “There have been characters on Disney Channel who I think people have thought were gay. That’s for the audience to interpret.” The activists want Disney to lead the way toward “LGBT” acceptance among the grade-school set.