Disney cartoon showing gay characters kissing receives backlash from conservatives

(YouTube/Disney Television Animation News)A screen capture of an episode of "Star vs The Forces of Evil"

Some conservatives are not happy about the depiction of several gay characters kissing in an episode of Disney XD's "Star vs. the Forces of Evil."

The animated series, which features two 14-year-old main characters, reportedly displayed the first on-screen same-sex kiss for Disney.

The show follows a character named Star Butterfly, a teenage princess from another dimension who navigates through high school as she fights alongside her best friend, Marco Diaz, against her arch-nemesis, Ludo, and his monstrous forces of evil.

In the episode titled "Just Friends," several gay and lesbian characters were depicted kissing during a concert.

Some have hailed the scene as highly significant in the movement towards diversity in Disney films, but conservatives denounced the company for promoting an LGBT agenda.

"When I was growing up, we didn't have these kind of cartoons. They were simply fun entertainment with no built in sexual agendas. I believe folks ought be focused on something other than sex and their genitals ... and our children's genitals. Disney, you are getting ready to lose a chunk of change!" Janie Miles wrote on Facebook, as reported by The Christian Post.

"Hollywood is such a disgusting cesspool. There is nothing beneath them. No morals. No values. No God. These are the same people that praise and award pedophile actors and directors," wrote Dewayne Kester.

According to Heat Street, Disney has periodically included non-heterosexual relationships on its TV shows, such as "Good Luck Charlie," which featured a lesbian couple, and "Gravity Falls," which included a gay couple. Some viewers have speculated that characters in Disney films such as "Zootopia," "Finding Dory," and "Frozen" are possibly gay.

The upcoming Disney live-action adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast" is also reported to have produced the studio's "exclusively gay scene." In the film, manservant LeFou will reportedly explore his sexuality after he developed feelings for Gaston.

The studio has also been pressured to portray openly gay relationships in its movies and TV shows. Last year, the hashtag #GiveElsaAGirlfriend, referring to the lead character in "Frozen," became a trending topic. On its website, the company stated that the inclusion of diverse stories in their productions is a hallmark of its policy.

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