‘Family’ Group Blasts 'Andi Mack' For Featuring A Gay Tween Character

LGBTQ rights advocatesare praisingthe Disney Channel’s announcement that one of the principal characters on its coming-of-age series, “Andi Mack,” wouldbe revealed as gayin the show’s second season. 

In Friday’s season premiere of the tween-centic show, Andi Mack (Peyton Elizabeth Lee) is struggling with a crush on a middle school boy, Jonah Beck (Asher Angel). Later in the episode, Andi’s best friend, Cyrus Goodman (Joshua Rush), realizes that he, too, is experiencing feelings for Jonah. As the season progresses, the character will reportedly come to embrace himself as a gay tween. 

True to form, the news received a less-than-enthusiastic response from One Million Moms, a conservative group that has found fault with everything fromEllen DeGenerestoToys ‘R’ Us to “The Muppets” in recent years. 

Ina Thursday poston its official website, One Million Moms officials blasted Disney for “choosing to abandon family-friendly entertainment” by introducing a coming out plotline on “Andi Mack,” which is one of the network’smost popular showsfor young audiences. 

“One might question why Disney Channel feels the need to pursue such programming,”the post reads. “What is wrong with having family-friendly content that is acceptable for all ages or even leaving a couple of networks solely for children’s entertainment?” 

Noting that the move could “ultimately prove to be a huge mistake,” officials argued that the channel “may be choosing to sacrifice something far more precious… children’s innocence.”

The group asked its supporters to sign a petition calling for a boycott of Disney if “Andi Mack” was not canceled “immediately.” By Friday afternoon,the petitionhad received over 7,000 signatures.  

Disney is, of course, no stranger to conservative pushback. In August, One Million Moms ― which is a division of the American Family Association ―blastedthe entertainment giant fordepicting a two-mom familyon its animated children’s series, “Doc McStuffins.”

Still, it’s doubtful that Disney will take the threat of a One Million Moms boycott too seriously. Though One Million Moms makes national headlines, its efforts haveproven consistently futile.   

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This article originally appeared on HuffPost.