‘Love, Simon’ removed from streaming service Disney+

Category:  Opinions
Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 at 11:29 PM

The very first words in “Love, Simon” are: “I am just like you.” 

An important concept we must all understand as humans is that while we live different lives, look different, come from different backgrounds, at the end of the day we are humans. We live unique, original lives. We don’t have to like everyone’s differences, but we must respect them and, as the golden rule says, treat others the way we want to be treated. 

Recently, Disney removed “Love, Simon” from their steaming service, Disney+, and will instead be streaming the movie and its follow-up show, “Love, Victor,” on Hulu. Both were removed for not being “family-friendly,” NBC reported. The property was acquired by Disney in their purchase of 20th Century Fox. 

“Love, Simon” explores a boy learning, loving, growing and accepting his sexuality all while in high school. Anyone who has made it through their teen years, or has attended high school, can understand this concept — heterosexuals and homosexuals alike. 

Not only does “Love, Simon” explore the life of a gay teenage boy dealing with his social life and family, but it explores the complexity of families, relationships, underage drinking and cyberbullying. Again, these are all things that the modern teenager will face no matter their sexuality. 

While the largest part of the storyline is a young man falling in love and having to hide it because gay relationships are not the social norm, it’s also about a boy being bullied and how it effects his relationships with the people closest to him. 

He’s bullied into trying to set up a fake relationship, bullied into lying, and bullied into feeling like he has to hide because someone else wanted unobtainable love. In the end, the bullying hurts Simon’s relationship with his friends, his sister, the other young boy he was falling for, and with his family. 

This movie is about love, struggles, life and relationships, all of which is not only family-friendly, but family-relevant. “Love, Victor” will explore those same concepts, but now on a different platform.

So, for Disney to call its own “Love”-oriented production not family-friendly is a cop-out for being homophobic and wanting to appeal to a less accepting community.  

While Disney refuses to allow LGBTQIA+ relationships on their services, it will allow the violence of the Marvel movies (which explore unrealistic superhero situations that involve death, violence and weapons), as well as “10 Things I Hate About You” (which has curse words, underage drinking, smoking and sexual language). Yet Marvel movies and “10 Things I Hate About You” are considered some of the best modern productions and are said to incorporate classic storylines. 

The wonderful thing about being a parent is that for the most part, the parent can control what their child watches. Technology has this great thing called PARENTAL CONTROLS.  If a parent doesn’t want to show their children “Love, Simon” or “Love, Victor,” because they cannot explain that love is love, well then, I’m sorry your parents have failed you. 

“Love, Simon” captured our hearts and could have introduced a new dynamic to the Disney family. When you say homophobic, racist, Islamophobic, and xenophobic things, it is deemed not acceptable because you know, or are friends with, or take in a production representing that marginalized community. 

The world will not wait for companies like Disney to accept that the times have been changing. Hiding behind Hulu will not cover up the massive mistake Disney has made.

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