A step forward for equality at the Disney Channel proved to be another step back for Kenya, as the country banned one of the network’s shows for featuring a gay character.
The season premiere of Disney’s popular series Andi Mack featured a touching coming out scene from one of its young characters this week, but the sweet moment was enough to make the Kenya Film Classification Board pull the show off the air.
The Board’s chief executive, Dr. Ezekiel Mutua, condemned the show in a series of tweets on Monday, saying that any “attempts to introduce gay programming in Kenya will be met with the full force of the law.”
— Dr. Ezekiel Mutua (@EzekielMutua) October 30, 2017
When it comes to protecting children from exposure to bad content we are resolute and unapologetic
— Dr. Ezekiel Mutua (@EzekielMutua) October 31, 2017
“Andi Mack is a story about tweens figuring out who they are,” the network said in a statement. “(Creator) Terri Minsky, the cast and everyone involved in the show takes great care in ensuring that it’s appropriate for all audiences and sends a powerful message about inclusion and respect for humanity.”
Multichoice Kenya also issued a statement after the complaints, saying it had contacted Disney and confirmed that the series was not scheduled to air on DStv and GOtv.