Disney’s DuckTales Reboot Unveils Character’s Gay Dads

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Now that schools across America have been shut down in response to the coronavirus crisis millions of children are now home full-time with plenty of time to kill. This makes it more important than ever to be vigilant about what shows your children are watching and this story will remind you why.

Disney, continuing in their recent trend of sneaking pro-LGBT themes into children’s media, has introduced a homosexual couple as the parents of two of the young characters in the channel’s reboot of its popular DuckTales.

LifeSiteNews reports:

The show previously had only hinted about Violet’s gay dads, but the season three opener left nothing to the imagination. It also revealed that Violet’s dads have adopted her best friend, Lena.  

In season three’s first episode, as Lena steps forward to be recognized during a Junior Woodchuck meeting, her excited sister cheers for her from the crowd, shouting, “That’s my sister from a couple misters.” Violet is seated next to two adult males, each wearing a tee shirt proclaiming “I’M WITH DAD” and an arrow pointing to the other half of the male couple. 

 

The show’s co-executive producer and story editor, Frank Angones, took to a Tumblr blog post to apologizing that the couple was not featured more prominently due to the traditional “heteronormative” nature of the original series and promised that they “have some themes and ideas coming up that address relevant LGBTQ+ narratives.”

He wrote:

Want to be very up front and honest about this: Violet’s dads are present and show up but do not play a huge role in the story thus far. As with all of our characters, we had a lot of conversations about who Violet was and what her background was and came up with this fun notion of her too enthusiastic, overly supportive dads who love being dads. We didn’t really have a story built around them, but when the time came for an episode focusing on Huey and Violet in a particular situation, it made sense that they would be there…

But I’m well aware that the “queer representation through parents and background characters” trope is an issue, and we’ve sort of stumbled backwards into a lot of heteronormative romances in this show due to legacy characters with pre-existing relationships (Scrooge and Goldie, Donald and Daisy, Fenton and Gandra) and how many specific hoops you have to jump through to make changes to established Disney characters…

But that’s really no excuse. We’ve done pretty well on racial diversity and representation of people with limb differences, but we really have not done enough relevant LGBTQ+ rep. We do have some themes and ideas coming up that address relevant LGBTQ+ narratives. But there’s always opportunity for a lot more; I don’t want a cop out and a cookie for saying “look at this one thing we did!” I know this response is a bit of a bummer, but I didn’t want to lead anyone on. But please believe, as I’ve said before, I’m dedicated to being better and finding new opportunities for three dimensional representation, on this show and the next and the next.

We definitely cannot deny Disney’s LGBT-focused agenda after this one. It may be difficult to have children cooped up all day, every day while we’re all being told to stay home but when it’s time for TV, pass on Disney! 

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