Disney + Moves ‘Love, Simon’ TV Series Because It’s Not ‘Family Friendly’

Published on February 26, 2020

Disney + announced that the Love, Simon TV series that was planned for the platform is now moving over to Hulu.

Sources say that the decision to move the show stemmed from concerns that the show isn’t family-friendly enough for Disney’s younger demographic.

Love, Simon is a 2018 PG-13 romantic comedy geared towards teens. It was based on the book  Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. It’s all about a gay teenage boy trying to navigate love and coming out in the modern world. It was all quite innocent and heartwarming.

The show is going to be a little different than the movie but set in the same universe, and based on the same book. The show will actually be titled Love, Victor, and follows a high-school boy through the trials and tribulations of being a high school kid in a new city, struggling with sexual orientation.

It’s different than the original film, but deals with many of the same important themes, presumably in the same innocent and totally family-friendly fashion.

Love, Victor does supposedly contain some alcohol use and sexual explorations, reasons that Disney reportedly cited for moving the show. Many, however, suspect that the LGBTQ+ themes and relationships were more accurate reasons for the “not family-friendly” designation.

Sounds Familiar to Hilary Duff

After news broke that Disney + pulled the series, Hilary Duff, took to Instagram to comment on the development. Duff, who is working on a reboot of her classic show Lizzie McGuire, posted a screenshot of the news, with the caption “Sounds familiar…”.

Screenshot via @hilaryduff

Pretty much everyone thought Duff was throwing shade at the platform. She seemed to imply that her show might have been put on hold for the same reasons. Lizzie McGuire has experienced some similar shakeups, stopping after filming two episodes to take the show in a different direction.

Coincidentally, or maybe not, Lizzie McGuire reportedly also featured an openly gay character. No word on whether this character survived the change in creative direction.

The movie Love, Simon is PG-13, making it on the borderline of Disney content. However, Disney has been moving further in that direction lately. Mulan is Disney’s first PG-13 live-action adaptation. There are also several PG-13 Marvel movies, as well as the Pirates of the Carribean franchise, all of which are available on the Disney + platform.

Representation on TV is important, and to say that LGBTQ+ themes are not family-friendly is damaging to the community. Its an insult to LGBTQ+ families everywhere. Sometimes it feels like we’re making positive moves as a society, even within Disney. They featured their first openly gay animated character in the new movie Onward. It’s one step forward and two steps back when the company chooses to follow that up with this questionable decision.

Olivia Smith is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in San Francisco, she covers events, entertainment, fashion, and technology. She also serves as a Voices contributor at PopSugar.

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