When The Disney Channel Cut A Same-Sex Kiss, One Actor Made Sure Fans Got To See It

“A truly, inspiringly, beautiful human being.”

Disappointed fans have descended upon the Disney Channel with online comments after the network removed a same-sex kiss from a recent film.

A scene in Descendants 2 was to include two men sharing a kiss, just as it happened in the book. But the network decided to cut the clip — although some fans were eager to see the show feature openly gay characters.


With around 13 million people watching the sequel on Friday night, fans looking forward to the inclusion of a same-sex kiss between Harry and Gil were utterly upset when they realized it had been removed.   

The actors, Thomas Doherty and Dylan Playfair, confirmed the kiss did indeed happen by posting photos on Instagram of the deleted scene.

"What will you tell your kids you did on July 21?" Doherty captioned the pic. "A truly, inspiringly, beautiful human being."

The Disney Channel has included same-sex couples in the past, such as a lesbian couple in 2014's Good Luck Charlie, but the network never showed a same-sex kiss in a live-action film. However, it did show same-sex couples smooching during a season 2 episode of Disney XD's Star vs. the Forces of Evilwhich also showed older and interracial duos. However, Descendants 2 falls more in line with the controversy over Josh Gad's character, LeFou, who in the Beauty and the Beast live-action film was featured in what director Bill Condon described as a "gay moment" when he danced with another man.   

Other Disney endeavors have also shown more LGBTQ inclusive storytelling, such as when ABC's hit series Once Upon a Time featured its first same-sex couple and when a possibly lesbian couple was included in Pixar's Finding Dory.

Still, the exclusion of the same-sex kiss in Descendants 2 left fans baffled with one asking, "What happened with the kiss of Harry and Gil??" which included a crying emoji.

Check out some more fan reactions:

It seems that if nothing else, the fans have spoken their displeasure to the Disney Channel and its parent company. We'll have to wait and see if this outrage leads to the inclusion of the kiss in future airings.

(H/T: Hello Giggles)


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