Disney Channel show 'Good Luck Charlie' to introduce same-sex couple

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  • Andromeda San Dimas, CA
    Jan. 20, 2014 3:13 p.m.

    Why, why why? My family has enjoyed Good Luck Charlie for several years. My children do not need to be subjected to social trash. The parents are responsible to teach their children to respect others not a sitcom on The Disney Channel. Alternative lifestyles are not the "norm", and I for one don't want a t.v. Show telling my child , "it's okay, everyone is doing it." I hope The Walt Disney Co. changes their minds and reconsider the story line.

  • musicboxxx Honolulu, HI
    July 13, 2013 1:59 a.m.

    Why are you guys even comparing same sex marriage to drugs and alcohol? Two guys or girls loving each other isn't intoxicating anyone and killing them. They're not making you get tickets for DUI. If you don't like it, DON'T get one. And who's making you watch the show? Just don't! But it's funny how people decide to not watch something because they're "promoting homosexuality."

    My friends have 2 moms and they're the smartest and coolest people I know. My parents are an interracial couple (yes, because of the Cheerios commercial, people hate ANY couple), and I'm fine too. I wish people would just grow up and stop living in the 19th whatever century.

  • milojthatch Sandy, UT
    July 2, 2013 11:04 p.m.

    Based on actions and words Walt Disney did and said on the matter, on this one thing I can be 100% sure that Walt Disney has got to be rolling over in his grave over this one. And just like that, the Disney brand dies a little bit more.

  • Still a Mormon Greenfield, IN
    July 1, 2013 8:01 p.m.

    TV has really gone down hill nowadays. Again I am thankful for the Gospel and the Freedom of Speech because these things coupled with my own experience really highlight the truth. Those who suffer from these lies will come to know the truth in the end.

    Guess this just encourages us to turn the TV off and start parenting kids again.

  • John20000 Cedar Hills, UT
    June 27, 2013 2:53 p.m.

    Sensitive topic. Not sure a goofy sitcom is the best place to introduce it to our children. Good Luck Charlie is my 4 year old's favorite show right now. She makes the rest of us watch it.

  • immakingthistocomment no, OH
    June 26, 2013 8:57 p.m.

    Wait are people seriously getting this worked up over a same-sex couple, and comparing it to drugs, alcohol, and war? Those things are actually bad, but same-sex marriage is not dangerous, nor will it worsen ANYBODY'S health. I am shocked that so many people are not going to let their children watch. I'm slightly disappointed in the hate that is all over this country.

  • Grandma 20 Allen, TX
    June 26, 2013 8:30 a.m.

    Another ruse the adversary uses to destroy families, drag them down to his level, and make them as miserable as he is.

  • Debs England, 00
    June 26, 2013 1:51 a.m.

    I get tired of hearing those out to make money, or be controversial, say they want to "...be relevant to kids, and reflect the diversity of those around the world, and be inclusive." What a load of rubbish. So Disney wants to reflect the lives of all groups of children? Ok..many live with parents who are alcoholics..or who abuse drugs...or are violent, maybe involved in crime. Many live with war around them, or live in poverty on the streets, or are victims of abuse. So, Disney, when do you start to reflect the live of THOSE children in a show meant for entertainment? All lies and manipulation....Disney ought to be ashamed of itself for jumping on the bandwagon that's trying to manipulate the next generation into thinking as they want them to.

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    June 25, 2013 11:47 p.m.

    Protesting something only gives it more publicity. It's not a big deal. worry about your own sins instead of telling others what they should watch. Work on bettering yourself instead of worrying about someone else's morality.

  • O'really Idaho Falls, ID
    June 25, 2013 10:58 p.m.

    We nixed the Disney channel a while ago. Their portrayal of kids with bad attitudes, sarcasm, lack of respect was influencing my kids in a negative way. Not only that but it was a waste of time. We dubbed it Dumb Disney.

  • sj Spanish Fork, UT
    June 25, 2013 10:56 p.m.

    We turned off our TV over 5 years ago. BEST thing we ever did!

  • roberto Moses Lake, WA
    June 25, 2013 10:10 p.m.

    Makes me glad that My Kids are grown.... Now I have to worry about my grand kids. Looks like I'm finished with disney.

  • Really??? Kearns, UT
    June 25, 2013 9:48 p.m.

    "It's sad that I'll now have to review what our family watches on Disney. Next thing you know Disney will "normalize" hard drug use, dropping out of school, and preteen sex."

    Sure, let's all take a ride down that slippery slope.

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    June 25, 2013 9:42 p.m.

    I remember when there was this much brouhaha over interracial couples being featured on TV. People compared interracial relationships to alcohol, LSD, the Vietnam war, and everything evil too. People don't change much, just their paranoia and prejudices. The sky is falling...the sky is falling. Yet somehow, the sun comes up tomorrow and things aren't really any different. I think the biggest decline in social values has more to due with the high divorce rate than anything else (50%) of the population, but you don't hear too many folks getting their underwear in knots over that. Probably because they've been part of a broken home (as the culprit or the victim).

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    June 25, 2013 8:08 p.m.

    Ha Ha. So progressive Disney. Let's be serious. This is about almighty dollar. Gays and Lesbians have a LOT of money and they have managed to put most corporations and politicians (and some churches) on a short leash.

    Walt Disney is somewhere in heaven shaking his head.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    June 25, 2013 7:54 p.m.

    So much for ever watching Disney again.

  • OnlyInUtah Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 25, 2013 6:23 p.m.

    It's sad that I'll now have to review what our family watches on Disney. Next thing you know Disney will "normalize" hard drug use, dropping out of school, and preteen sex.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    June 25, 2013 5:27 p.m.

    Goodness parents! its not that hard!

    It's called a remote control.

    Use it.

  • Pale Bear Orem, UT
    June 25, 2013 5:26 p.m.

    Judging by the clip, the show is completely unfunny, recycled junk. Who exactly is in the same-sex relationship? Not the main characters. Perhaps in their season 4 they will introduce new bit characters to fill that roll. According to Wikipedia, "Neal Justin of the Star Tribune said the 'slapstick heavy, laugh-track fueled sitcom' had no redeeming qualities other than 'keeping your 11-year-old sedated for a half hour.'" Another said it was "a surprisingly refreshing throwback to ABC's 'TGIF'-style sitcoms." Not terribly impressive praise. Seems like the show has a following at all just because it's Disney and not because it's worth watching. Those are stronger reasons for the kids to skip it in my book. Life's too short to deal with all the junk.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    June 25, 2013 4:45 p.m.

    Time to replace "Good Luck Charlie" with "Charlie The Lonesome Cougar". Better still - just shut down Dish Network altogether for the kids and watch 1960's Disney videos (Swiss Family Robinson etc..). Holy cow - what a down right wicked world we live in. I can see the day where liberal PC garbage like Good Luck Charlie will be mandatory in public school ... elementary school!! Perhaps home school will be the option of choice as well... Let's see... we ban school prayer but mandate so-called PC diversity. Satan is alive and well..

  • Ballplayer Spanish Fork, UT
    June 25, 2013 4:41 p.m.

    That's just sad. One more Disney show I'll have to have my kids turn off. What the heck... I'll just block the whole dang channel. It's not up to Disney and their "child development experts" to educate my kids on this topic. It's up to me. I will teach them respect for all, tolerance for different opinions, and the moral ramifications of such behavior (which always seems to be the part the LGTB folks want to ignore in this discussion). Disney isn't helping, so they're out.

  • haggie Visalia, CA
    June 25, 2013 4:35 p.m.

    Rhino has it correct. It is a sad commentary on the American culture that people in Hollywood think TV is real and should be used to teach people out here in the real world. What is worse is that parents think TV can babysit.

    We have to wake up America. TV can not babysit. Its primary purpose is to make money. It does so by appealing to particular senses and culture trends in order to make more money. It does not care about your family, your children's understanding of diversity or anything else. It only cares if it makes money and lines the pockets of pompus self gratifying fools in Hollywood and its cohorts.

  • Kalindra Salt Lake City, Utah
    June 25, 2013 4:16 p.m.

    Many kids go to school with children who are being raised by same-sex parents. Disney is merely reflecting reality.

  • Really??? Kearns, UT
    June 25, 2013 4:11 p.m.

    The lesbian parents will be in a side story in ONE episode. My guess is that the characters of the show will hold diverse views similar to what continually gets expressed in these readers' forums. I am just making a hunch here, but I would bet that the underlying message of the episode will be that no matter what you think about same-sex parents, do not take those opinions out on their children. Too often in the culture most represented by Deseret News readers, too many children wind up on the outside looking in because their parents aren't "the right type of people." That needs to change.

  • Clarissa Layton, UT
    June 25, 2013 4:06 p.m.

    No wonder so many parents are now getting Netflix. They can control what comes into their homes. That would be my solution to the problem. I'm disappointed in Disney, but it is their channel.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    June 25, 2013 4:05 p.m.

    Geez - what ever happened to the good ole days of Disney movies like "Daniel Boon" and "Charlie The Lonesome Cougar" for your kids to watch? Now they tune into see lesbians raising kids. Time to shut down Dish Network and get your kids outside doing something constructive.

  • TOO Sanpete, UT
    June 25, 2013 3:59 p.m.

    Well of course this is gonna happen. This is the new cool. Now that society is accepting immorality, nobody bats an eyelash when something like this happens.

    Remember the outrage when "Gone With the Wind" swore? Remember when it was considered inappropriate to have Ricky's and Lucy's beds together? These things are now accepted. They are not considered abnormal anymore--and neither is gay marriage, same-sex attraction, or anything to do with this topic.

    Society is going downhill. This should be no surprise. Evil will always appear better than good.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    June 25, 2013 3:46 p.m.

    If Disney were really concerned with making a statement they'd have done this years earlier, not in the last year of the show. I think it's a horrible move to add such a character set but then again it's just one more show for my kids to avoid.

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    June 25, 2013 3:40 p.m.

    Everyone knows that heterosexual TV parents are always the best role models.

    Right, Roseanne?

  • franc Kirkland, WA
    June 25, 2013 3:03 p.m.

    This would probably be fine if handled well ... but the reviews say that the father (male) in the story is portrayed as a boring dolt. Sad.

  • cawabcccp Fayetteville, GA
    June 25, 2013 2:51 p.m.

    This is easy, Our family will not watch the show. Also who really cares what Cyrus and Wood, two spoiled children, who are completely detached from the real world think anyway?

  • Mack2828 Ft Thomas, KY
    June 25, 2013 2:35 p.m.

    We are ripening at an ever quickening pace. Hold on tight, we are in for quite a ride over the next few years...

  • Utefan4Lyf West Jordan, UT
    June 25, 2013 1:53 p.m.

    I would actually like to rescind my question to Christopher B as I have found the study he has quoted. What he fails to mention was that this study was a mere snapshot taken of a small subset of gay parents. Of the 15,088 people he surveyed only 248 had been raised in a homosexual household. How can you have an accurate sampling with such a small group, localized in one city?

  • Mr.Glass Salt Lake City, UT
    June 25, 2013 1:46 p.m.

    The American Sociological Association debunked the study cited by the first poster.
    -Regnerus did not study children born or adopted into same-sex parent families, only those who seem to recollect one of their parents ever having a same-sex relationship.
    -Regnerus compared that group, most of which had experienced family dissolution, only to stable, married, opposite-sex families — i.e. he compared unstable to intact.
    -Regnerus ignored whether the children lived with or were raised by the parents who had a same-sex relationship.
    -Regnerus only identified these “gay” parents based on the recollection of the children, not based on how the parents actually identify or live their lives.
    -Most of the factors Regnerus analyzes were adult outcomes, not childhood outcomes, and could very well have had nothing to do with the relationships of the children’s parents.

  • Utefan4Lyf West Jordan, UT
    June 25, 2013 1:44 p.m.

    Christopher B:

    I'd like your citation on that study. Who performed it and when?

  • Rhino USA, TX
    June 25, 2013 1:44 p.m.

    Throwing around stats and fighting about things that people will NEVER agree upon is useless. I think the most telling thing here is from Miley's own mouth, "They (Disney) control … so much of what kids think!" This statement is sadly too true no matter what values you espouse.

  • Kalindra Salt Lake City, Utah
    June 25, 2013 1:42 p.m.

    @ Chris B: Your "another recent study" has been debunked numerous times - a fact you know and acknowledge by refusing to provide its name.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 25, 2013 1:15 p.m.

    "Similarly disturbing is that 14 percent of children from same-sex couples have spent some time in foster care"

    You're blaming gay couples for adopting children at higher rates (since, as you all consistently point out, they can't make any with just the two of them)?

    June 25, 2013 1:03 p.m.

    I remember when Different Strokes came out on TV and everyone freaked out. There was study after study about how race-mixing would destroy the family unit and how children of interracial marriages would underperform. Those same people are now warning us about the dire consequences of gay marriage, something that has been going on in many countries around the world for generations. Forty years from now we will look at the anti gay marriage group the same as we now view the groups railing against interracial marriage.