A “Good Luck Charlie” same sex couple is making waves in pop culture news today as the first same-sex pair — two lesbian moms — to be featured on the Disney Channel. The decision was formally announced back in June 2013, but no appearance from this hip gay couple arrived until this week, when characters Cheryl and Susan arrived to drop their young daughter Taylor off for a play date. US Magazine reports this Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, that while public reception has been quite positive, there are some groups that are protesting the landmark emergence on the kids show.
The “Good Luck Charlie” same sex couple involves two middle-aged blondes by the name of Susan and Cheryl. Although their introduction was relatively brief, the smiling pair of moms can be seen taking their daughter Taylor to the door for a special play date with the family of the main character, Charlie.
The Disney Channel made the appearance a relatively humorous one as well, bringing smiles to this first gay introduction on the show rather than making it a serious lesson to be learned. Charlie’s parents, a mom and dad, Bob (Eric Allan Kramer) and Amy (Leigh-Allyn Baker), are initially seen to be a bit puzzled over which one was Taylor’s "mom" before finally greeting the lesbian couple.
"Taylor has two moms!" Bob says after welcoming both women, showing Disney Channel audiences he had been right in calling one of the moms Cheryl, at least.
"Wow, nothing gets past you, Bob," his wife responds, her words thick with sarcasm.
One of the actresses who starred in the “Good Luck Charlie” same sex couple episode, Desi Lydic (Susan), took to Twitter to tell fans how proud she was to be part of the landmark episode.
"I'm so proud to be part of that episode! Go Disney! #equality."
Says “Good Luck Charlie” and Disney Channel producers on the major introduction of a gay couple on the kid’s show:
"This particular storyline was developed under the consultancy of child development experts and community advisors," a Disney Channel spokesperson told TV Guide. "Like all Disney Channel programming, it was developed to be relevant to kids and families around the world and to reflect themes of diversity and inclusiveness."
Although some groups have been against the appearance of the two lesbian moms, quite a few stars have been very vocal of their support. Miley Cyrus in particular took to Twitter to support the network’s decision, especially as a former Disney Channel star (Hannah Montana):
"I commend Disney for making this step into the light of this generation," she wrote. "They control…so much of what kids think! Life isn't bright sets & wardrobe & kids becoming superstars! This is INSPIRING."