Variety is reporting that Love, Simon, the upcoming series about a gay teenager will no longer air on the streaming service Disney+. The reason being? Because “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.”
Instead, the series will air on Hulu and will now be called Love, Victor and will reflect the lead character of the show, played by Michael Cimino. The 10-episode first season will debut in June, Pride Month, on the streaming service, which is owned by the Walt Disney Company but not as tied in with the “family-friendly” brand. A second season is reportedly already in talks.
I shouldn’t be surprised by this news, especially since Disney+ doesn’t even have many original programming to speak of at the moment (except The Mandalorian), and don’t even get me started on the lack of queer diversity in Disney films.
There was a blink-and-you’ll-miss it kiss in The Last Jedi, and there is a gay married superhero appearing in The Eternals. I also just heard that Lena Waithe is set to voice the first LGBTQ character in an upcoming Pixar film, Onward, but t what capacity of how authentic the representation of queer characters will be remains to be unseen. I expected Love, Victor to end up on Freeform, but since it’s on Hulu, I think it’s a better fit based on subject matter that affects teenagers.