The Disney XD show The Star vs. the Forces of Evil made history a few days ago with the first ever same-sex kiss in a Disney cartoon.
The cartoon, which runs on Disney XD, subtly included a few same-sex couples kissing on an episode that aired just a few days ago. Not only did Disney do a great job of sprinkling in the same-sex kisses, they also made a thoughtful effort to represent people from a lot of different backgrounds for the scene.
In a Season 2 episode called “Just Friends,” the main characters attend a concert where they’re serenaded by a charismatic boy band.
Everyone in the audience is overwhelmed by the sheer romance of the song “Just Friends,” and they start kissing. About a minute and a half in, two male-appearing characters are seen engaging in a kiss and then later on, there are a number of couples surrounding the main characters, at least one of which is a female same-sex couple. The scene happens so fast, unless you were really watching for it, you might miss it.
This episode is the first time a cartoon is broaching the topic of LGBTQ relationships in a show for young people. This isn't the first time Disney has included nonheterosexual relationships in its TV shows. There was a lesbian couple in Good Luck Charlie and a gay couple in Gravity Falls.
But wait. Disney’s not done with their firsts quite yet. According to an article in The Independent, Beauty and the Beast creators have prompted quite an uproar after it was revealed that the live-action remake would feature an exclusively gay moment for the first time in Disney history.
Since the announcement, director Bill Condon has certainly fielded his share of complaints. Christian owners of a cinema in rural Alabama said they would only show "family-orientated films" so its customers were "free to come watch wholesome movies without worrying about sex, nudity, homosexuality and foul language.”
The article goes on to say that Russian culture minister Vladimir Medinsky is facing mounting pressure to assess whether the film violates the country's controversial "gay propaganda" law, which prohibits children from material "advocating for a denial of traditional family values.”
But supporters of Condon have been quick to point out the hypocrisy of fans being upset about a gay subplot, yet they are OK with the film's main storyline that shows Belle, the protagonist, fall in love with a buffalo.
Like most things in life, there is always going be more than one opinion. But one thing is for sure — 2017 may prove to be the year Disney really strives to help promote tolerance and acceptance of LGBTQ individuals.
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