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VeggieTales Co-Creator Says Christian TV Shows Will Soon Need to Address LGBT Issues

  • Amanda Casanova

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  • Updated Aug 19, 2019

The co-creator of VeggieTales says Christian television programming will one day have to address LGBT issues on their shows.

Phil Vischer told the Christian Post that those topics are going “to show up more and more.”

"Parents are definitely going to have to deal with a growing LGBT presence in children's media," Vischer said.

"It's going to show up more and more as the world has decided that LGBT issues are in the same categories as race and civil rights issues. So to say you shouldn't have a same-sex couple on Sesame Street is the equivalent of saying you shouldn't have a black couple on Sesame Street."

Vischer said there are already many shows addressing LGBT issues. In 2017, the children’s Disney show Doc McStuffins aired an episode that featured a same-sex couple of two mothers, CBN News reports.

Also, as Christian Headlines previously reported, this year the PBS show Arthur showed Arthur and his friends attending their teacher’s gay wedding. One character told the group at the wedding, “Yep, it’s a brand new world.”

Vischer said he worried that none of the characters were portrayed as questioning the wedding.

"The most striking thing about that episode of Arthur wasn't that they thought it was time to introduce kids to gay marriage; it was the reaction of all the kids on the show," he said. "None of them asked questions about why two men were getting married. Their reaction was, 'Oh, OK! Great!'"

He said it will not be long before Christian shows may have to take on the topics.

"I think it will have to be addressed at some point; I do think it's a matter of time," he told the Post. "It's tricky because it's so divisive.

"I think it would be difficult for a couple of reasons. First: the nuance of how to treat LGBT issues isn't agreed upon within the Church; and secondly, some parents may want to have that talk with their kids.”


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