Disney Pulls Kids Show from South Africa over Gay Character
The South African version of The Disney Channel has pulled the coming-of-age tween show ‘Andi Mack’ over a storyline in which one of the characters, Cyrus, explores his sexuality after developing feelings for another boy, Jonah.
It would be the very first gay storyline to be featured in a Disney show. It renewed for a second season in May this year following its first season high rating success. The second season premiered this month but was banned last week in Kenya over the gay storyline.
Disney Channel has released the following statement:
Disney Channel creates stories that entertain and inspire kids and families and reflect the rich diversity of the human experience. While our shows are developed for global audiences we are committed to respecting each market’s cultural sensibilities, compliance rules and regulations. Disney Channel in South Africa serves multiple countries across Africa and the Middle East, each with its own regulations to which we adhere. Accordingly, Andi Mack will not be broadcast through DStv, however, we are exploring alternative ways to make the series available to its fans in South Africa.