Disney Channel axes children’s show Andi Mack across Africa and Middle East due to gay storyline
Disney Channel has pulled one of its biggest children’s shows from air after outrage at a gay storyline. In the second season of Andi Mack, 13-year-old character Cyrus develops feelings for a fellow teenage boy, Jonah. In scenes aired last week Cyrus came out to one of his best friends as gay, with his friend telling him with a smile: “You’re no different.” The same-sex story has caused outrage among anti-gay activists and was last week banned from air in Kenya. Now Disney Channel has caved into pressure from homophobes – pulling the show from air in as many as 50 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. Disney will no longer air the show DStv, the network that broadcasts the channel in 50 countries, including Kenya, Ghana, Angola, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Mauritius and Tanzania as well as parts of the Middle East. In a statement Disney said: “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
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