– (Bex) I’m not your sister.
I’m your mother. – That’s Disney?
Wow, what a premise for a Disney show. – (Cyrus) And I’m gay.
– I guess that was the right time. – ♪ (industrial intro) ♪ – (Cyrus) Last night,
when we were watching Andi and Jonah.
– What is– – I actually do watch this show.
Oh my God. I remember this. – This is Andi Mack.
I love this show. – (Cyrus) You asked me
am I happy for Andi. – (Buffy) Yeah?
– (Cyrus) And I said “Yes, I’m happy for Andi.”
– Oh, I know this part. – (Cyrus) But I’m also
not happy. – Why? – (Buffy) Are you jealous?
– Drama. – (Buffy) Cyrus,
do you like Andi? – Oh, he was so scared. – (Buffy) You like Jonah.
– Oh. – (Buffy) You like Jonah.
– Jonah’s a boy, right? He’s gay! – (Buffy) You like Jonah.
– You would never see this in a Disney channel show
when I was watching Disney Channel. – This scene gives me
goosebumps. These kids are really good. – (Cyrus) I feel weird.
– Aw. – (Cyrus) Different.
– You’re not different, Cyrus. Come on. – (Buffy) You’ve always
been weird. – Weird is good. – (Buffy) But you’re no
different. – I like that. – (Buffy) You’re no different.
– There’s the message there, right, isn’t it?
There’s nothing wrong with you. – This is sad,
very emotional. – (Cyrus) I’m glad
I talked to you. – It’s also the right
thing to do. – Ooh.
– (Cyrus) The thought of telling anyone else.
– (Buffy) You’ll be okay. I promise.
– Oh, wowzers. Those waterworks are
starting to come. I hate when people
that are gay and lesbian, they say that they’re different,
but they’re not really different. Is this a try not to cry
challenge, ’cause if it was, I would have lost immediately. – I haven’t been watching
a lot of Disney shows since when I was younger,
but then I heard about this show, the concept of it, I liked,
so I started watching it. I’m so happy. – It’s beautiful.
I think especially kids of a lot of ages are
struggling with who they are. If I were in that boy’s
position or whatever, I think I would see
a lot of hope with this. – (Andi) So how did it go?
Did you tell him? – This is the clip that
went viral that I’ve seen on Twitter everywhere. – (Cyrus) It wasn’t
the right time. – (Andi) That’s okay.
It’ll happen. – Cutie patooties. – The other kids seem to be
very supportive. – (Bex) You’ll know
when it’s the right time. – (Jonah) Cyrus, help.
I’m not recognizing anything here.
– Oh God, is that Jonah? He’s so cute. – (Cyrus) That of course,
it Aunt Ruthie’s kugel. That’s your classic bagel
and lox. That’s gefilte fish,
skip that and I’m gay. – I guess that was
the right time. – (Cyrus) And I’m gay.
– Okay. He seized the moment. – I love that.
He spit it out. – (Jonah) Okay, cool.
– That’s a really good kid. – We all wish it could be
so easy. It’s usually not that simple
in real life. – These aren’t the kind of
shows I grew up with. There’s a getting used to
factor of something on TV like this for this age group,
but as a human being, you can just relate. – I’ve lived in a very liberal
area for all of my life and so Disney Channel
has this reach across all kinds of different
political backgrounds that to see something
so casually like that is something completely
different for a kid that might be living
in a more conservative city. – (FBE) So before we get started,
we’re reminding the people at home that we filmed this in
Southern California, so a lot of the opinions
aren’t necessarily gonna be everyone’s thoughts on
this topic. – Yeah, we definitely have
more of a liberal show here and that’s what a lot–
I always see those comments. – (FBE) So, we have some
more to show you in a little bit, but those were
clips from the Disney Channel show, Andi Mack.
– Oh, really, Disney? Well congratulations, Disney.
I’m glad they’re dragged into the 21st Century. – I’m a little surprised.
I don’t know if they were pressured into it,
’cause I know the LGBT community, they have a real, real strong
force in society. – (FBE) Have you heard of it?
– No, I have not heard of it before. – Yes, I know that.
I know that. – I’ve watched season one
because I think actually my brother was the one
that told me about the show and he’s six years younger than me
and so we started watching season one together. – (FBE) Is this what you
normally see from characters on Disney TV or shows that
are kinda geared towards kids? – No, absolutely not,
but it’s about time. – On YouTube, I see
some gay stuff, but none of the official
shows like that. – This is a completely different
Disney that I– I grew up with all the Disney
characters, Snow White and all of that.
They’re following the curve in where society’s going. – For a lot of kids,
Disney Channel and Nickelodeon are huge parts of you
formative years, in elementary school,
middle school, where that’s all the TV you’re watching
is children’s programming and so to finally see yourself
represented as a character on that feels amazing, ’cause finally
it’s someone that you can relate to. – (FBE) There’s some who feel
that kids should not really be shown things like this
when they’re young. Why do you think that some
adults don’t want kids to know about people
who are maybe gay? – I don’t know.
I think kids should be seeing this. It’s perfectly fine.
If you’re allowed to see a boy and a girl,
they’re allowed to see a boy and a boy. – Some adults have really
strict rules like, you can not be gay.
That’s final. And I’m thinking,
go ahead. It doesn’t matter. – I feel like the people
that don’t like gay people and everything else,
it’s probably because they didn’t learn when they were young.
I’m glad my parents taught me that everybody can live
their life and I do remember when I was young,
I did a gay video and they’re like,
“If you had a friend that was gay, would you
accept it?” And I went, “No.”
Let me clarify something. I was only five years old, okay?
I did not know anything. Honestly, in my head,
I was like, “What the heck is this dude talking about?”
Benny was there and I was like, “What is he talking about.
Get some sense in your brain.” But now I understand it
because my parents taught me. – (FBE) What do you think of
Disney’s decision to have storylines about a young person who is gay
openly discussing it in a children’s program
from a family brand like Disney? – I think it’s gutsy.
I’m sure there’s plenty backlash going on. – They kind of played it off
like they did it on TV first, so it’s not as big
and then maybe in the future they might do it on one of
their big movies or something. – It could be a little more
realistic with the– ’cause it’s conflicts.
That little boy is just comfortable. Usually a little boy that
knows he’s gay in middle school, they’re not comfortable
like that. – If my kid was watching
the Disney Channel, I wouldn’t think to
maybe monitor or see what it is that they’re watching,
’cause I’m gonna assume Disney Channel,
what’s gonna be on there that’s gonna be controversial.
Parents might be taken off guard. I don’t think the kids will.
So I think it’s brave, I think it’s amazing. – It represents children,
pretty much, and you wanna see representation, whoever you are.
You wanna be represented. – Kids have been gay for
the longest, ever since time began,
most likely and it’s just something
that’s connecting to these younger kids now that they’re
gonna see it and be like. “I’m not alone.
I’m not the only one.” They’re not gonna feel weird. – (FBE) So, forget what
adults say. We wanna know for you,
a kid in 2019, what do you think when you
see a character talking about being gay on a show
for kids? – I think it’s surprising,
but I don’t think it should be a big deal because the more
we act it’s a big deal, then the more in real life,
you’re like, “Oh my gosh, this is such a big thing.”
When it should be like, that’s just how the person is. – I think it’s okay.
I really am proud of the writer for finally expressing that. – Everybody should just accept it
and move on in life, ’cause it’s nothing big.
It’s not like the end of the world’s happening because he’s gay. – (FBE) Some adults express
concern this is too mature a topic for young people.
Some perhaps due to it being homosexuality,
but for some, the general idea of topics around sexuality
at a young age has brought up controversy.
– I think it’s sexuality. I don’t think it’s homosexuality.
It’s a very gray area and it’s all per the individual
to say what is right and what is wrong for them
or their kids. – (FBE) So, even if you were
in support of this being in a children’s program,
can you see any validity in the concerns that some
people have? – I think it’s honestly
bull [bleep]. Nobody goes, “Oh no,
they shouldn’t be showing kids that. What? You shouldn’t have crushes
in the third grade.” But what’s not okay
is having a girl like another girl
in the third grade. That’s where we draw
the line, apparently. – Some would, but I think
that’s only if it’s overly sexualized.
These are kids, they’re not overly sexualizing it. – People feel like sometimes
that the lifestyle of somebody homosexual is learned
and it’s influential and it makes people go
more towards that lifestyle. I understand people’s concerns
especially with people that are on the right
and real conservative and everything, but that’s
not realistic. You got all kind of people
in this society. – If the parents did their job
appropriately, then we wouldn’t be even having this discussion,
but we have to have TV shows and we have to show people
how to do this because there are parents
who think that way. If your kids is asking questions
at six, you need to answer the question age appropriate.
I don’t understand. – Absolutely I can see validity,
so for those parents, don’t take your kid to see it
or don’t let you kid see that. I think parents should exercise
their own individual controls, but to be honest,
I don’t know. I find it incomprehensible
that some kid is gonna see it and quote unquote “turn gay”
’cause they’re watching this, but don’t try to prohibit
or limit other people from seeing it.
That’s where I draw the line. – (FBE) So though the major
news that came out from Andi Mack has been
this storyline, the show deals with a lot of other topical issues
all geared towards a younger audience,
so we have some more to show you now
starting with a clip from the very first episode,
which is also kind of the initial premise of the show.
– Yes, oh my God. The first episode’s great.
It’s so dramatic. I love Andi Mack. – (Andi) Is that you?
– Whoa. – (Bex) That’s you.
– This show’s so dramatic. I love drama on Disney Channel. – (Bex) I’m not your sister.
– Oh crap. – (Bex) I’m your mother.
– That was unexpected. – (Bex) I’m your mother.
– I’m surprised they showed this in the first episode. – That’s Disney?
Wow, what a premise for a Disney show. – (Andi) You’re my what?
– That’s what I would have said. “You’re my what?”
Are you kidding me? Jesus, I’m telling Mom on you.
Oh, wait. – (Andi) Mom!
– (Bex) No, please. She’s gonna be so mad.
– (Andi) She said she’s my mother. – To find out your mom
is your grandma and then your sister is your mom,
that’s crazy. – (Andi) You all have been
lying to me for my whole life.
– Ooh, girl. Andi, you better talk to them. – She should be on
a Jerry Springer episode. I don’t understand.
Who makes up that kind of lie? – These are things that do
happen in life. That’s probably a good idea
that this be approached as well. I’m really surprised that Disney
had the balls to do this. – Aw, Jonah. – (Jonah) Help!
– Wow. – (man) Drink.
– (Jonah) I thought I was dying. – (man) You’ve had a panic attack.
– Why is he having an anxiety attack? – That’s such a scary experience. – (man) Panic attacks
can be very scary, but the symptoms are temporary.
Remember that if it happens again.
– (Jonah) It’s going to happen again?
– (man) It might. I treat kids younger than you
who have them every day. – (Jonah) I can’t go through
that every day. – I like that they have
an adult that’s accepting about that. – (man) Your friends aren’t
going to think any differently about you.
– (Jonah) Yeah, they will. I think differently about me.
– (man) But they care about you. They can help you
if you let them. – (Jonah) I’d rather just go home.
– Oh wow. Panic, yeah, anxiety.
My daughter’s battling anxiety every day. – Especially after when
my mom passed away, my anxiety attacks would
get really bad where I would just be sitting
on the floor not knowing what to do.
So you have to go to counseling my senior
year of high school and it really did help.
I’m just grateful this show is showing all that. – I come from the brush it
under the rug generation, so no, it is good.
I definitely see the value in everything you showed.
They’re all good topics kids should be exposed to. – Kids are gonna have
different issues and learning disabilities or just different
experiences that it feels nice to have characters that
include everyone, ’cause then it’s a character
that you can relate to and you kind of get advice
from this. – (FBE) Do you think a kids show
talking about this would have been allowed
to be made or aired specifically for kids’ demographic
maybe earlier when you were growing up?
– No, no, no. We weren’t ready for it.
We weren’t ready for a lot of things. – To be a kid at that age
in the ’70s or the ’80s saying, “Yeah, I’m gay.”
That would cause a storm, a firestorm. – They sorta kind of touched
on it in a very after school special kind of way.
A very special episode. At that time, I didn’t think
that it would be in a kids’ show.
I couldn’t see it because it hadn’t really
happened, but I’m happy to see it. – (FBE) From what you saw,
is this a show you’d be okay with kids watching?
– It would depend on the age. I think a discussion with
parents any time’s the right time. – Yeah.
I think I would. – Of course.
I think the more the better. More information is better. – Yeah, they can watch it.
If it’s reflected on the screen or the TV show, then that’s
reflecting reality. – Absolutely.
My kids, I’m trans, so my kids and my grandchildren,
I think they are respecting of the humanity in
each person that they meet. – Absolutely,
but you know what? I’m one of those parents
that was like, “Ask me a question.”
Oh my gosh, my kids ask me questions all
the way to school, honey. And I’m driving like…
But I answered those questions. – (FBE) So often times,
adults will have a lot of opinions about what is shown
to you as a kid, but seeing these clips today
from the show, do you think that kids
should see these kind of storylines?
– Honestly, I do, but I’m guessing that
the parents aren’t showing them ’cause they’re nervous
about something. – I think they should,
’cause it can teach them about it more.
It can just help them in the long run to understand
it more, ’cause that way if someone’s like,
“I need help. I don’t know what’s happening.”
You could be the person that could help them out. – I understand because
you’re like, “I don’t want my kids to learn about
this now. She has to be an adult
to learn this.” I mean, that’s your opinion,
adults. Just wait until you see your karma.
They’re gonna end up learning about it sooner
or later, might as well show them when they’re little. – I know people wanna be
protective of their kids. They don’t want them
to be watching something super inappropriate,
but that’s nothing. That’s a Disney Channel show.
I’m sure the producers of Disney Channel,
if they thought that that was bad, they wouldn’t put it
on TV. – (FBE) So finally, do you think
that shows made for children will over time have more
storylines like you saw today and more diverse characters
such as being LGBTQ+ and even go further,
or do you think that they should limit what type
of characters are portrayed for kids?
– Well I don’t like putting limits on anything. – A lot of children’s programming
will become a lot more open ’cause then otherwise,
you’re gonna have such a sheltered world. – There should be somewhat
of a limit, especially more adult content,
you need to– with age, you will grow
with new TV shows that hit those topics,
but I think having exposure to more types of people,
diverse groups of people and just having that representation,
I think is definitely gonna help shape kids to just
have a better understanding. – Definitely in the future,
there are gonna be more because as time goes on
more people are more accepting, but I feel like there should
always be a couple shows that don’t have anything
to have to do with that, just fun hearted shows
that don’t teach you about what a panic attack is. – This is where they’re getting
their influence from, so they need something
that’s gonna also teach them a lesson,
not just be the bubblegum stuff, so I feel like this trend
will continue. – I feel like there’s gonna
be more storylines and if there’s a limit,
I will do a protest and have everybody sign
the paper and bring it to the Disney Channel studio
and be like, “This is bajillions of people
that signed this paper. You better bring back storylines.” – I remember the old television
series where they couldn’t even have a man and a woman,
even if they were married, sitting on a bed together,
so yes, things have changed and they’re going to continue
to change becuase society is gonna demand it.
People aren’t gonna watch shows that no longer reflect
society as it is and I think this stuff
reflects society, at least society
as I see it anyway. – ♪ (industrial outro) ♪