This weekend, The Disney Channel aired a groundbreaking episode of the Irish animated children’s TV series Doc McStuffins which featured a same-sex female couple voiced by lesbian actresses Portia de Rossi and Wanda Sykes. The episode marks the second time that Disney’s broadcast cable channel has presented a same-sex couple in its animated programming.
Doc McStuffins follows Dottie “Doc” McStuffins, a black seven-year-old doctor who fixes toys with the assistance of her toy friends, a magic stethoscope and two encyclopedias (“The Big Vet Book” and “The Big Book of Boo Boos”).
In the Season 4 episode entitled “The Emergency Plan,” de Rossi and Sykes play a doll family with two moms who find themselves unprepared for an earthquake caused by a jumping toy dragon. The toy family gets separated and Doc McStuffins teaches them to be more prepared by setting an emergency meeting spot and preparing an earthquake evacuation kit.
Here’s a video featuring clips from the episode and an interview with Sykes:
“I am a fan of Doc McStuffins. My kids, they watch the show,” Sykes said. “In this episode they see a family that looks like our family. It’s going to be very exciting to see our family represented.”
This marks the second time that Disney has featured a same-sex couple in its animated programming. The first occurred in a February 2017 episode of their animated adventure series Star vs. The Forces of Evil in which a non-recurring, male same-sex couple kisses at a boyband concert.
Disney also featured a same-sex female couple in a 2014 finale episode of their live-action sitcom Good Luck Charlie.
Predictably, the anti-LGBT media watchdog group One Million Moms (which only has about 94,000 combined Facebook and Twitter followers, by the way), panned Disney for pushing a immoral political agenda and encouraged disapproving parents to complain to the network.
Approximately 93.9 million households receive The Disney Channel. Its Disney Junior programming is targeted towards children aged three to nine.