“You know the way vampires don’t have any reflections within the mirror?” the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator requested an viewers on the Bergen Neighborhood Faculty in Paramus, NJ in 2009. “If you wish to make a human being a monster, deny them, on the cultural stage, any reflection of themselves.
“And rising up, I felt like a monster in some methods. I did not see myself mirrored in any respect. I used to be like, ‘Yo, is one thing fallacious with me?’ That the entire society appears to suppose that individuals like me do not exist? And a part of what impressed me was this deep want, that earlier than I died, I might make a few mirrors. That I might make some mirrors, so that youngsters like me would possibly see themselves mirrored again and may not really feel so monstrous for it.”
The cable community, a supplier of kid-driven programming at present obtainable in 91 million properties within the U.S. and numerous hundreds of thousands extra globally, introduced that the second season of Andi Mack, premiering Friday, Oct. 27, will start to inform the story of a male tween—one of many present’s important characters—on his journey of self-discovery after realizing he has a crush on his male classmate.
Andi Mack, which hails from Lizzie McGuire creator Terri Minsky, tells the story of the 13-year-old titular Andi (Peyton Elizabeth Lee) and her interactions together with her household and her greatest pal Cyrus (Joshua Rush) and Buffy (Sofia Wylie). In Friday’s season premiere, Andi might be wrestling together with her emotions for classmate Jonah (Asher Angel) whereas her pal Cyrus, additionally 13, will come to comprehend that he has emotions with Jonah, as properly. He confides in Buffy—the scene and Buffy’s response are supposed to function a constructive position mannequin for each dad and mom and youngsters—at the same time as he struggles with easy methods to share his emotions along with his new girlfriend. Because the season progresses, viewers will watch Cyrus on his journey that can finally lead to self-acceptance as a homosexual particular person.
“Beginning conversations about belief, love, relationships and household dynamics is simpler when you might have a present that you would be able to relate to,” Rush wrote on Instagram. “Andi Mack provides younger folks and their dad and mom, mentors, and champions a significant solution to speak about these subjects and the ability to determine their futures. I am so proud to carry Cyrus’ groundbreaking storyline to life and so that you can see what we have been engaged on.”
Whereas the community has featured homosexual characters earlier than, in a single episode of each Good Luck, Charlie and the animated Doc McStuffins, this marks the primary time Disney Channel has launched its viewers to a important character who’s embarking on such a journey of self-discovery. Guided by The Walt Disney Co.’s written assertion on its tales and characters, with its emphasis on inclusion “with tales that mirror acceptance and tolerance and rejoice…variations,” Minsky and the community sought out steerage from little one growth specialists when crafting the storyline and screened the premiere for organizations akin to GLAAD and PFLAG.
Paying homage to Diaz’s level above, Zeke Stokes, VP of Applications at GLAAD, will get proper to the purpose about why this form of illustration is so obligatory. “It’s essential that LGBTQ folks see characters like themselves portrayed in truthful, correct, and nuanced methods onscreen,” he mentioned in a press release to E! Information. “When LGBTQ characters and storylines aren’t current, it sends the damaging message that we do not matter or that we do not exist.”
With Andi Mack airing in 91 million properties within the U.S., with its median viewer age of 10 and standing as No. 1 in its time interval amongst youngsters six by means of 14, this teachable second has the potential to do a world of fine.
When TV lastly holds up the mirror and permits us to see ourselves, it not solely reminds us that we’re not so monstrous in spite of everything, but it surely additionally lets these standing subsequent to us see us as we actually are—and generally for the primary time, too.
Andi Mack returns for season two on Friday, Oct. 27 at eight p.m. on Disney Channel.