LGBTQ+ family representations have been unapologetically featured before by the mainstream Disney Channel, and earlier this month their continued push for pro-LGBTQ+ themed shown progress as an interracial two-mom family was featured on the kid-favorite ‘Doc McStuffins.’
“I always envision ‘Doc McStuffins’ as a show about what it means to accept everyone as part of our communities. As part of a two-mom family, I’m proud to have an episode that reflects my son’s world and show everyone that love is love in McStuffinsville.
- Chris Nee, Show Creator & Executive Producer
‘Doc McStuffins,’ which first premiered in 2012, is an animated children’s series that follows the life of 7-year-old Dottie “Doc” McStuffins who dreams of being a doctor when she grows up. However, in the meantime, she helps cure her toys and the stuffed animals in the neighborhood of fictional illnesses by giving them regular check-ups.
In the episode titled “The Emergency Plan,” the focus was placed on a family who experiences an earthquake and learns how to plan for it in the future. The family just so happens to be headed by two interracial moms, Thea and Edie, who were voiced by comedian Wanda Sykes and actress Portia de Rossi – both of whom also identify as lesbian in real life. Thea & Edie were dolls that were separated from their kids when a toy dragon caused an earthquake, and with Doc’s help, they were reunited and learned the true value of having a backup plan in place for emergency events. In an interview with GLAAD, Sykes channeled her own family experience with her wife Alex when expressing how happy she was to be a part of a show that her kids loved to watch. She stated, “We’re two moms, and we have a boy and a girl --- two kids. It’s going to be very exciting for my kids to see that --- our family represented.”
Of course, with every monumental and praise-worthy moment for the LGBTQ+ community comes with unwarranted backlash from those that hold restrictive mindsets. One Million Moms, a conservative organization known for bugging out over anything that shows favor to the LGBTQ+ community, bashed Disney in a post on its website for “pushing an agenda” by featuring the two-mom family on one of its shows. They continued by writing, “Controversial topics and lifestyle choices should be left up to the parents to discuss and Disney Junior should not introduce this to young children. Just because an issue may be legal or because some are choosing a lifestyle doesn’t make it morally correct.” They then followed their proclamation with an urge for parents to sign a petition in an effort to convince the Disney Channel Network to remove the episode. As expected, Disney has not budged.
You can check out Doc saving lives every day on Disney Channel and Disney Junior by checking your local TV listings. You can also view online by clicking here. In the meantime, check out this little snippet from “The Emergency Plan” episode below: