Score one for the celiac community!
After my blog post on Friday regarding the Jessie episode where they bullied a gluten free character, it caused a serious sh*tstorm within our community.
So we did what we do best. We stood up for ourselves. We shared across all of our platforms. We tweeted, facebooked (I know…not an actual word) and called Disney. We signed a Petition and generated over 2,000 signatures in a matter of hours.
We proved that we are a powerful, passionate community that is not to be taken lightly.
And guess what?
By the end of the day, Disney agreed to pull the episode off the air.
Imagine that. In the course of 10 hours, we convinced Disney to pull an episode right before it was supposed to air. How freaking cool is that??
Power to the people. Power…to…the…people.
My personal thanks to Disney for listening to the community and doing the right thing. How it made it through all of the stages (writing, editing, filming, etc.) is beyond me, but at least they did their best to right a wrong.
But alas…not everybody was happy with the decision. It was a mixed sampling at best and shows that we have so much more work to do to advocate and educate.
How mixed was the reaction? Here you go.
Thank you for pulling the episode. My daughter has Celiac disease and growing up was tough going to school.
Wows all…y’all is trippin. It just Disney channel.
Oh no…the dude coughed! Let’s have them pull an episode cause some people think coughing is bad. Gluten Dude…grow some b*lls.
At least Disney had the presence of mind not to air that episode. They realized it was a mistake & they corrected it. I applaud them for doing that. Thank you, Disney.
Not sure what happened but it is very hard to explain to a child who was looking forward to an episode about a koala, that it is not airing due to a comment about gluten!
Seriously? Gluten? People need to get lives and find something a little more worthwhile to complain about. My little one was looking forward to this episode.
Thank you. Those of us living with Celiac every day very much appreciate you listening. We love Jessie in our house and didn’t think that was the message you wanted to send. We love you, Disney!
People need to relax omg!!! I watched the clip and didn’t see a thing wrong with it! People pull your heads out.
You people need lives. Go act like something else is important (even though its not)
Since my son’s diagnosis of Celiac disease 6 months ago he has avoided social events at school & with friends. This has been a very isolating time for him. Shame on Disney for only reinforcing his fears.
Thanks to the parents that complained to Disney, how ignorant can you be to complain about something like this. Seriously, over a gluten diet that a character has on a tv show.
Sooo like they cancelled the episode cause of her diet!?!?
Thank you Disney for doing the right thing. I didn’t expect such a quick response, but I’m glad to see it happen. I’m a 30 year old ADULT with Celiac and even I get teased and bullied by other adults when it comes to gluten.
Leave it up and if people don’t like it, well, don’t watch it! (Dude note: This was sadly a very common response.)
I have dietary restrictions. Come off it people, ur psycho if ur offended. Get a life!
Glad you pulled the episode but a little too late in my opinion. Disney should have never glorified bullying in any manner on any show targeting children – especially when the bullying involved life threatening allergies/intolerances.
With all the available food options these days for gluten sensitive people this should not have offended anyone plain and simple.
Get over it. Kids get bullied for every reason all the time. How about not showing any kind of bullying at all? This is just ridiculous.
Thank you Disney for pulling the episode! Bullying (in any forms) should NEVER be tolerated.
I have plenty of friends with celiac and they all think you are being nothing but over sensitive babies with no sense or humor at all.
You’re raising a generation of sissy’s. Instead of getting mad and demanding it be taken off air how bout tell your kids to stand up for themselves.
I’m proud that Disney stepped up and did the right thing. This was never about banning all things Disney. It was about righting a wrong.
This tv show was not bullying. Parents are raising their kids to be wimps.
Disney did not take the episode down because they realize that it was wrong. It was taken down because they were bombarded with hateful feedback from, “The Mob of Idiots” that obviously did not even watch the episode to begin with.
I’m just happy Disney is taking responsibility for its mistakes. Kudos for that at least.
The majority of viewers suffer due to the actions of a few who took things out of context to try and support their agenda.
We can bask in the glow of our victory but please realize we have a long, long way to go.
Keep fighting the good fight folks.
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