It was long speculated among fans and later confirmed after the end of season one that one of the main characters from Disney Channel’s newest series ‘Andi Mack’ would come out as gay. The rumors began after the season one finale aired on the network earlier this year and has received both praise and criticism from commentators within the media. For many, the groundbreaking move by Disney has been seen as a positive and encouraging step for inclusion and acceptance while others primarily faith-based viewers have seen the move as a negative.
Regardless of opinions the network’s desision to feature a main charactor within one of it’s series as gay is a big move. While the network had previously shown same-sex couples most notably in a well-publicized episode of ‘Good Luck Charlie’, Disney Channel had not yet put the spotlight on a tween or teen character in one of its series.
During Friday night’s (Oct 27) season two premiere episode Cyrus (Joshua Rush) confides in his friend Buffy (Sofia Wylie) that he has feelings for Jonash Beck (Asher Angel).
Buffy: Are you OK? Did you already order the baby taters?
Cyrus: I don’t want any baby taters.
Buffy: You’re scaring me.
Cyrus: I’m scaring me too.
Buffy: What is it?
Cyrus: Last night when we were watching Andi and Jonah, you asked me am I happy for Andi, and I said, “Yes, I’m happy for Andi.” But I’m also not happy.
Buffy: How come? … Are you jealous? … Cyrus, do you like Andi? … You like Jonah.
Cyrus: Buffy, I feel weird. Different.
Buffy: Cyrus, you’ve always been weird, but you’re no different.
Cyrus: I’m glad I told you.
Buffy: Me too.
Cyrus: But the thought of telling anyone else…
Buffy: You’ll be OK, I promise.
Cyrus: This is really bad timing. I just got a girlfriend.
Despite opening up to one friend, Cyrus insisted that he isn’t ready to tell anyone else — not Andi, and definitely not Iris. So he asked Buffy to be “patient and not judgmental,” which he recognized are not exactly her strengths.
Disney Channel has said that this was just the beginning of Cyrus’ journey to self-acceptance and we will continue to see this storyline throughout the season.
The cast had a lot to say to the fans following the premiere and took to Instagram to express their thanks.
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An enormous thank you to everyone who watched our premiere last night. I couldn’t be more proud of Andi Mack. It supports and celebrates everything I believe in so strongly. My heart leaps from my chest every time I see that incredibly portrayed scene between Josh and Sofia, and frankly any time I see any cuts of the episodes. I believe in the world we live in. I believe that we can all stand together. Hand in hand. I believe that the love in the world can beat the hate. And that the beautiful melody of kindness and support can drown out the unwelcome detestation. The fact that our show could add, in any way, to that energy. That invincible force pulling us all together. I could not ask for anything more. #yourenodifferent ❤️❤️❤️💫