Are you ready to teach your toddlers about sexuality? The Disney Channel is.
As parents you may naively believe that you should control when and what your child learns about sexuality. You may be one of those “old-timey” folks who think that a parent should teach their kids about the birds and the bees. You may be lost in a “time-warp” of sorts, ferociously clinging to the beliefs and practices of an ancient time when sexuality wasn’t shoved down the throats of our little ones.
I’m with you.
But it may be time we realized the culture around us isn’t going to let us get away with this type of thinking. As a young person, I can remember thinking how weird it was that some of the families in our church didn’t have television. On purpose! Not because of poverty. Now, as a dad of impressionable little ones, I understand why they would make that choice. My children repeat and retain EVERYTHING.
They will remind of us the most innocuous events from months earlier – long after we’ve completely forgotten about the experience.
They are sponges and they are fine tuned to feel emotional responses. If I hear something inappropriate in front of my child they immediately pick up on it. They can read it in my face or how my demeanor has changed. They cling to words and actions that evoke emotional response. It’s why you hear some parents say, “Don’t make a big deal about it and they’ll stop doing it!” I’m certain that’s not the best response, but I understand the reasoning.
So when the Disney Channel recently introduced its first gay couple to one of their shows, I knew that it was time to tune out. In a recent episode of the popular show “Good Luck, Charlie” we were introduced to a child with two mommies.
Disney first made its announcement through gay activist group, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), which stated on its website that the organization had been “consulted on the script for the Disney Channel’s episode of ‘Good Luck Charlie’ in which a character’s two moms are introduced. The episode marks the first time the Disney Channel will feature an LGBT character in one of its original programs.”
Ross Murray, director of news for GLAAD, told The Christian Post last summer that the organization “didn’t create or promote the storyline for the show we are thankful that Disney wishes to include all families in their programming.”
The conservative group One Million Moms is not happy with Disney’s move to have a gay couple on a kid’s show.
”Just because something may be legal or because some are choosing a lifestyle doesn’t make it morally correct,” it wrote in a statement. “Disney should stick to entertaining instead of pushing an agenda. Disney decided to be politically correct versus providing family-friendly programming. Disney has a choice whether to produce a program with certain fictional characters; the storyline could be re-written or changed. Conservative families need to urge Disney to exclude confusing topics that children are far too young to comprehend.”
Disney argues that today in America, families come in all different shapes and sizes – and this is true, to a point. Demographers know that less than 10% of the population is actually gay, and far less of the that population is made up of “gay families.” This is not about reaching all types of families, but is actually about normalizing homosexuality among the greater culture. It’s simply part of a far larger push by the media to marginalize conservative Christian families and liberalize culture at large.
Well, the Disney Channel doesn’t get to influence my kids. I can keep that from happening and so can you. My family won’t be watching the Disney Channel and in particular “Good Luck Charlie” will not be featured on our DVR. I get to decide when to teach my kids about sexuality, and I get to decide the context that they’ll hear about it in.
I will not allow some liberal media consultant and studio tell my kids what is morally acceptable and what is not – that’s my job and I take it seriously.