What Took So Long? Nickelodeon Debuts Gay, Interracial Couple

July 20, 2016  |  

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In the past month, viewers of Nickelodeon have turned on their television and seen some unexpected things happening.  First, Viacom’s simulcast of the BET Awards on all platforms (to be a fly on the wall of the family turning on their television to catch “Full House” on Nick at Nite and instead, hear Jesse Williams’ speech), and now, a gay interracial couple will make their debut on the “The Loud House.”  What a time…

“The Loud House” is an animated series that follows the misadventures of Lincoln Loud, who has the misfortune of having 10 sisters.  The focus of almost every episode consists of Lincoln devising a hair-brained scheme to get his way (ie: sitting in the “sweet spot” on a road trip with the right sisters sitting around him so he can sleep, trying to sit at the “grown up table” for dinner).  Via walkie-talking, his sounding board and consigliere is his friend, Clyde McBride.

Today (July 20), on an episode entitled “Overnight Success,” Lincoln invites Clyde to his house for a sleepover.  In a teaser uploaded to Twitter, Clyde lets Lincoln know that he will be arriving shortly with his parents.  Breaking the fourth wall, Lincoln exclaims “This is it…Time to make history.”  

Lincoln opens the door and says hello to Mr. and Mr. McBride, Clyde’s Black and white fathers (Note: Clyde, too is B”lack).

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(Caption: Wayne Brady is thumbing through checks!)

Many have shown their support for Nickelodeon’s progressive thinking.  Then, there are groups such as One Million Moms, who have made “The Loud House” and Nickelodeon a new target, all while giving the show a spike in publicity.

Unfortunately, children are now being exposed to same-sex marriage on a network that is designed for kids. Just because something may be legal or because some are choosing a lifestyle doesn’t make it morally correct. Nickelodeon should stick to entertaining instead of pushing an agenda. Nickelodeon has decided to be politically correct instead of providing family-friendly programming.

Families tuning in to watch a children’s network may encounter a premature discussion on sexual orientation that is completely uncalled for. Conservative families need to urge Nickelodeon to avoid controversial topics that children are far too young to comprehend. This is the last place a parent would expect their children to be confronted with topics that are too difficult for them to understand. Mature issues of this nature are being introduced too early and too soon, and it is extremely unnecessary.

(Note: They really could use an editor.  Using the same words repeatedly is a no-no and there is an unnecessary use of a comma or two).

For many children, this is the norm and the only kind of parenting they know.  Even if there was just one child who sees this episode and feels a little better because of how often they are teased by their classmates for having gay parents; taking such a risk would have been worth it.  Of course, that’s not true and this happens a lot.

“Overnight Success” airs on Nickelodeon this afternoon, July 20, at 5:00 pm ET/4:00 pm CT.

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