Disney rejected the ‘Love Simon’ TV show because gay kids aren’t ‘family friendly’

Elle Fanning at arrivals for ALL THE BRI...

I really liked Love, Simon. It was a very sweet movie about a young, affluent white high school boy and his coming out story. It’s not a story with a million spoilers, but I appreciated the fact that Simon’s parents were supportive and loving, but it was realistic with the way the father didn’t really know how to react at first. Simon came from an extremely close and loving family, and, as I said, it was just a very sweet story about a kid coming to terms with who he is, and the interpersonal dramas of high school friendships, high school love lives and family dynamics. All of which is sugary enough, in my mind, for Disney. But Disney didn’t think so. Disney decided to shuffle the TV series based on the movie away from their precious family-friendly streaming service.

The planned “Love, Simon” TV series is on the move. The show was originally set to air on Disney Plus but will now launch on Hulu instead. In addition, it will now be titled “Love, Victor.” It focuses on Victor (Michael Cimino), a new student at Creekwood High School — the same high school as the movie — on his own journey of self-discovery, facing challenges at home, adjusting to a new city, and struggling with his sexual orientation.

The 10-episode first season will debut on Hulu in June, which is Pride Month. According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, Hulu has opened a writers’ room to begin fleshing out a potential second season. Sources also note that Disney felt many issues explored on the show, including alcohol use and sexual exploration, would not fit in with the family-friendly content on Disney Plus. Hulu, meanwhile, is home to a number of young adult shows like “PEN15” and “Looking for Alaska.”

This is not the first time a series earmarked for Disney’s young streaming service has been moved over to Hulu, with the recently-launched “High Fidelity” series starring Zoe Kravitz also being moved to Hulu before its premiere. Interestingly, both shows are based on films which were in turn based on books.

[From Variety]

I find this so insulting. If I was a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I would find it so insulting too. Films and TV shows can still be “family friendly” and get a PG rating even when they involve – gasp! – drinking and homosexuality. I imagine if Love Victor was a story about a white kid falling in love with a girl in his class, Disney Plus would have found that “family friendly.” Why does Disney hate gay peeps? Why do they think gay peeps are not part of families?

Elle Fanning at arrivals for ALL THE BRI...

Photos courtesy of Love, Simon.

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  1. ME says:

    I just watched this movie recently and really enjoyed it. I think it would make a great storyline for a TV show. Disney Channel needs to get with the f*cking times !

    • Laura says:

      #BoycottDisney

      • Emma says:

        Good luck w/that. Disney accounts for 50% of the box office every year. They are the richest media giant in the whole world. They don’t care. They truly don’t. It’s all about revenue.

        But it isn’t just Disney. It’s every media/entertainment giant. To them, riskproof money = heteronormativity . Disney built their fortune as a family entertainment giant, so they are the worst when it comes to passionately enforcing the whole excuse of ‘gay anything = liability to our bottom line’ but all the other ones are guilty as well. The same ppl who keep gay stars in the closet bc their sexuality would be a ‘liability financially’ or the euphemism is ‘a distraction’

        It’s so messed up & it needs to become a bigger talking point, otherwise the media giants will continue to be wildly homophobic, all for the sake of the dollar.

  2. Nikomikaelx says:

    Sigh, its the same for tiktok, youtube etc, anything even mentioning LGBQT + is automatically age resricted. Its the same when peiple say ”just dont puush it to our faces” ”promote it”, as if pure exsistence is somehow sexual.

  3. Amanda Bennett says:

    Disney is kowtowing to the conservative crowd and it’s a damn shame. Chicken $h!ts.

  4. What. . .now? says:

    In that first photo, the actor totally reminds me of Brooklyn Beckham.

    Disney needs to get with the times. Also, I’m tired AF of everyone always kowtowing to these backward-ass groups who scream if there are any LGBTQ people in the show. THERE ARE MORE OF US THAN THEM. (meaning people who are fine with LGBTQ people in entertainment and for that matter, everyday life)

    I’m sick of these people always dictating what can and cannot be shown in movies/tv/music because “Oooh tweets might happen!”

  5. deezee says:

    Cause a show totally about trying to murder a baby (The Mandalorian) is totally family friendly.

  6. Miasys says:

    This is utterly ridiculous. It is so incredibly important for LGBTQ+ kids to have representation. The book was great and the movie handled a lot of very sensitive and real-life issues extremely well. I think it’s a great example of a subject handled right, in the context of family, so someone like Disney saying yes, it is absolutely important to have this out there for kids and families…could have been a huge step forward. I’m disappointed with Disney in general and with this example specifically.

  7. Leriel says:

    Well, it’s gonna be on Hulu, and Hulu is owned by Disney now too. Plus it will be on Hulu because creators decided to put drugs and alcohol depictions in the show, so it will high up stakes. I’m fine with that, they didn’t cancel it.

  8. Pantera says:

    Really sad