The fervor with which those who oppose equality pursue their ends has reached a frightening new level. Mia Talerico, star of Disney’s Good Luck Charlie, began receiving death threats last month after the Disney Channel kept its promise to introduce its first openly gay couple.
The couple, two lesbian moms, visited the Duncan household on a January 26 episode of the show. “Susan” and “Cheryl,” the mothers of one of Charlie’s friends, were warmly accepted by the Duncan family but One Million Moms exploded following the appearance of two people in a committed relationship.
The group launched an e-mail campaign urging Disney to “avoid controversial topics that children are far too young to comprehend.” On the group’s web site, it says that “Disney has decided to be politically correct instead of providing family-friendly programming. Disney should stick to entertaining, not pushing an agenda,” though some may wonder what could be more “family friendly” than two loving families having a play-date.
Disney says that the episode, which will be the moms’ lone appearance on the canceled show, was “developed to be relevant to kids and families around the world and to reflect themes of diversity and inclusiveness.”
At least one individual, inspired by the anti-Disney fervor, sent the five year old star some terrifying messages. According to TMZ, one message read “Die Mia, F**king Die in hell! Kill yourself, you deserve to die.” The suspect followed that message up with “a picture of Mia’s head with a bloody fist covering it” and the message “Yes, kill you stupid b*tch.”
The Los Angeles Police Department’s threat management unit is investigating the threats, according to LAPD spokesman Andrew Smith.
Here’s the scene that has conservatives up in arms: