Disney is receiving a heavy amount of backlash after one of its Disney XD cartoons, Star vs. the Forces of Evil, aired short scenes with same-sex couples kissing. Organizations, such as Christian group One Million Moms (OMM), have been gathering petition signatures that demand Disney to only show “family friendly” content.
The season 2 “Just Friends” episode show main characters Star and Marco at a boy band concert when audience members around them start kissing. In an extremely quick-pan scene, you can see two males sharing a kiss and in another scene, you can notice another gay couple share a kiss alongside a few lesbian couples (but of course they’ve been overlooked).
Although Disney XD has previously asserted to be inclusive of all genders, that didn’t stop viewers or those that heard about the kiss from sharing their mixed opinions:
“I don’t care that homophobes are taking the first gay kiss
on Disney negatively. I’m just happy that things are finally
starting to change.”
- Jaison, Twitter User @jaisongianfranc
“This is why I don’t want my kids watching these
f---ing cartoons, smh.”
- Boosie Badazz, Rapper
This isn’t Disney’s first mark of exposure in regards to the LGBTQ+ community as Good Luck Charlie featured a lesbian parent couple 2016 and Finding Dory reportedly shows a brief lesbian couple scene in the movie. Many people, like the ‘They Dikin’ rapper Boosie, may argue that cartoons have never been so explicit with the romantic matter, but it should be pointed out that some cartoons, such as Looney Tunes on Cartoon Network, have participated in figurative LGBTQ+ behaviors. For example, Bugs Bunny, a male cartoon character, has been shown kissing other male cartoon characters such as Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam, frequently. He can also be seen kissing Michael Jordan on the lips in the movie Space Jam.
Recently, people have continuously voiced their frustrations with movies and television shows “forcing homosexuality down their kids’ throats,” but fail to connect the same principle to how continuously seeing heterosexual activity won’t change the orientations and identities of those within the LGBTQ+ community. But then again, in the words of award-winning American figure skater Adam Rippon, “It wasn’t too long ago that people were uncomfortable seeing a white person kiss a black person.”
Check out the kissing scene in Star vs. the Forces of Evil here.