Disney’s Andi Mack Cast Reacts To Generations React To Disney’s 1st Gay TV Character – CyrusArticles . Blog
– Hey, guys! It’s Peyton
Elizabeth Lee– – And Joshua Rush– – (both) …from Disney
Channel’s Andi Mack! – And today, we are checking out
Generations React to Andi Mack. – (FBE) So big thanks
for being here to react back to our Andi Mack episode. We’d like to know if you’ve ever seen
any FBE shows before. – Oh, yeah, for sure. Um, the one with Billie Eilish
is one of my favorites. – It’s a classic, definitely. And I grew up with
Kids React and Teens React. Those were always my favorite things
and I would watch those all the time. – (Cyrus) Last night,
when we were watching Andi and Jonah– – I know this scene
always gives me chills. – (Sergio) …this show!
Oh, my god. I remember this. – (Tori) This is Andi Mack!
I love this show. – (Buffy) Cyrus, do you like Andi? – (Kristine) Oh, he was so scared. – (Buffy) You like Jonah.
– (Sydney) Oh! – (Buffy) You like Jonah.
– (Tida) Jonah’s a boy, right? He’s gay! – That’s great.
I love seeing that. Kids my age and kids Cyrus’ age
and kids even her age are having the realization
that they’re gay, so I think it’s fantastic that kids
are being able to remove that stigma for themselves. – It’s really cool to see kids
who are watching the show and who just accept it immediately,
because, again, like Josh said, there is no stigma against–
– Naturally, there really isn’t. – It’s because of what people tell you
and because of what you see on TV, and what you see in real life.
It’s really exciting to just see these
little small victories that sort of give you a little insight
into what the world might look like in the future. – (Tida) He’s gay!
– That’s so cute. – Me reading the scripts.
– (Tori) You would never see this in a Disney Channel show
when I was watching Disney Channel. – (Paulette) This
scene gives me goosebumps. These kids are really good. – (Cyrus) I feel weird.
– (Mikaela) Aww. – (Cyrus) Different. – (Sergio) You’re
not different, Cyrus. Come on! – (Buffy) You’ve always been weird.
– (Holgie) Weird is good. – Weird is good. – (Buffy) You’ll be okay.
I promise. – (Lucas) Oh, wowzers. Those waterworks are starting to come. I hate when people
that are gay and lesbian, they say that they’re different
but they’re not really different. Is this a try not to cry challenge,
’cause if it was, I would have– – I want to be this kid’s best friend. – Me and Sophia, the cast mate
who is actually in that scene, she and I lived in
the same apartment building at the time and we actually spent
almost the entire night before preparing and getting ready
for that scene, so it’s really great
to see that they all felt that. – I think we were all really excited
just to be able to portray this. He’s not just saying,
“He’s gay,” you know? He’s just saying he has
these feelings for this other boy, which I think is
a really authentic, real portrayal of it, so that was very exciting,
and seeing that people are receiving it in the way
we wanted. It’s really cool. – (Kristine) Oh, god.
Is that Jonah? He’s so cute. – (laughing) Everyone’s reaction.
– We know! – (Cyrus) That’s gefilte fish,
skip that, and I’m gay. – (Sydney) I guess
that was the right time! – (Kristine) Okay.
He seized the moment. – (Jonah) Okay, cool. – Such a “Jonah” reaction, too.
– “Oh… okay, cool.” – “Dosh. Dosh.”
– “Dosh.” – (FBE) There are some who feel
that kids should not really be shown things like this when they’re young. Why do you think that some adults
don’t want kids to know about people who may be gay? – (Tida) I don’t know.
I think kids should be seeing this. It’s perfectly fine!
– That’s right! – (Lucas) I feel like the people
that don’t like gay people and everything else,
it’s probably because they didn’t learn when they were young. Like, I’m glad my parents taught me
that everybody can live their life. – Parents that have
wanted to shelter their kids and sort of have their kids see
what they want them to see, you know, but I think it’s important,
like this kid said, that kids are exposed
to the real world and see what life is really like,
especially in such, you know, an innocent way. Andi Mack is dealing with anything
that kids shouldn’t see, you know? It’s all in a very, you know,
age appropriate way. It’s so exciting that Disney Channel
wanted to make a show like this because there is not a single channel,
at least in my opinion, that reaches as many kids
around the world as Disney Channel. – (FBE) We want to know for you,
a kid in 2019, what do you think when you see a character
talking about being gay on a show for kids? – (Sydney) The more
we act it’s a big deal, then the more it’s in real life,
you’re like, “Oh, my gosh. This is such a big thing,”
when it should be like, “That’s just how the person is.” – (Bradley) I think it’s okay. I really am proud of the writer–
– Terry! – Terry! – (Lucas) Everybody
should just accept it and move on in life
because it’s nothing big. It’s not like the end
of the world’s happening because he’s gay. – That kid is perhaps
my favorite person. – That kid is woke. Very woke.
– Did you say “woke”? – I said “woke”! – No, but these kids know what’s up. Come on! They’re so well spoken. – (FBE) Even if you
were in support of this being in a children’s program,
can you see any validity in the concerns that some people have? – (Paulette) Parents should exercise
their own individual controls, but, to be honest, I don’t know. I find it incomprehensible
that some kid is gonna see it and quote unquote “turn gay”
because they’re watching this. But don’t try to prohibit or limit
other people from seeing it. That’s where I draw the line. – Talking about people turning gay– – That’s a crazy thing
that we hear a lot about, is like your show
is gonna turn my kids gay. – I even got a tweet
that someone’s kid came out to them after watching the show. That kid was already gay. – He was definitely gay
before the episode. This show is giving
this kid the confidence to be proud of who they are. – (FBE) The show deals
with a lot of other topical issues, all geared towards a younger audience,
so we have some more to show you now, starting with a clip
from the very first episode, which is also kind of
the initial premise of the show. – It’s you!
– Oh, no. – It’s you!
– Oh, no. It’s baby me. – Do you remember reading
the pilot for the first time? – (Tida) Whoa!
– (squealing) – Look at you!
You’re so tiny! – (Tori) Aww, this show’s so dramatic.
– Look at how little you were! – Just a little bean. – (Bex) I’m your mother.
– (Bradley) That was unexpected. – Did you know I didn’t read
the whole pilot before I auditioned? – Right! They had you–
– I didn’t know. I didn’t know this scene,
that Bex was actually Andi’s mom, until the eighth time
I went in for the show. They gave me the episodes
of this scene to cold read and I was just freaking out
because, I mean, we already knew
that the show was special, but then after this, I was just like,
I have to be a part of this in any way possible. – (Mikaela) Wow, what
a premise for a Disney show! – (Andi) You’re my what? – (Paulette) That’s
what I would have said. “You’re my what?
Are you kidding me?” – (Andi) Mom! – (Paulette) “Jesus,
I’m telling mom on you. Oh, wait.” – (Andi) You all
have been lying to me– – Spicy bean.
– (Luca) Ooh, girl. Andi, you better talk to them!
– Yeah! – (FBE) Do you think a kid show
talking about this would have been allowed
to be made or aired specifically for a kids demographic,
maybe earlier when you were growing up?
– (Holgie) No. No. No. – Flat out. – (Holgie) We weren’t ready for it.
We weren’t ready for a lot of things. – (Kristine) They
sorta kinda touched on it on a very after
school special kind of way, like a very special episode. At that time, I didn’t think
that it would be in a kid’s show. I couldn’t see it because
it hadn’t really happened. – There’s this idea of
the very special episode in television, and I think
it’s even on TV tropes, too, where it’s like this is an episode
with a very special storyline that has to be handled very gingerly,
and what I love to see is people feeling like
we’ve broken that mold a little bit. We have a character
with a learning disability. We have a character who’s gay. We have a character
who has a parent in the military. We have a character
who has panic attacks. We have–
– Gun safety. – Gun safety.
We had a deaf character. So we’ve done tons upon tons
of these episodes that you might call
“very special episodes,” but for us, they’re just
another day at work. – (FBE) So finally,
do you think that shows made for children will, over time,
have more storylines like you saw today,
and more diverse characters– – I hope so.
– (FBE) –LGTBQ+ and even go further, or do
you think that they should limit what type of characters
are portrayed for kids? – (Holgie) Well, I don’t like
putting limits on anything. – (Lucas) There’s gonna be
more storylines, and if there’s a limit,
I will do a protest and– – I love him! – (Lucas) …sign the paperwork.
– I will sign the paper. – (Lucas) …Disney Channel Studio
and be like, “This is bajillions of people
that signed this paper. You better bring back the storyline.”
– I love him! – The shows are just reflections
of the real world, you know? They’re little glimpses into
what the world might look like and what it might feel like
if you weren’t the person that you are. – I would say 99%
of probably the response to our show has been
just overwhelmingly positive, so I was just really glad
to see that reflected in the video. – Definitely. I think it’s also cool
to see such a variety of people, you know, from age
to gender to walks of life, you know, and seeing how
different people sort of see it differently. – (FBE) So first question,
what do you hope people take from Andi Mack when they’re watching? – Hopefully, through our show,
we’re, you know, getting kids to connect
with these characters and then, in turn,
hopefully connect closer to their family
and with their friends. – The group of kids out there
who are gonna see that and be like, “Oh, hey, that’s me,”
and it’s those kids who I really– I care about
all the viewers of the show, but that little group
is the ones that I hold closest to my heart. – (FBE) This next question comes
from one of our Twitter followers, @RamenBreena,
if you could write an episode of Andi Mack, what
would it revolve around? – (both) Ooh. – Recently, I went to China
with Adventures by Disney, and it was really cool to sort of see
because I had never been there before, but, you know,
my dad’s side of the family is from China, so I feel like
an episode where Andi sort of gets to tap into her Chinese heritage,
I feel that could be really cool. – (FBE) While the show
has been praised by many, there are also those
who are critical of the show and the storylines presented. How do you and your cast mates
deal with that type of criticism? – I clap back at them on Twitter. – I don’t really look
at most of it, to be honest. I don’t really go through my comments.
I don’t have a Twitter, so, for me, it’s just about focusing
on what I’m doing– and I think seeing
those negative comments sort of reflects life, you know,
and how there is still that part of our world that is sort
of closed off to that, and so I think, if anything,
that just gives me more motivation to keep doing what
we’re doing and try to, you know, change those people’s minds
through our show and through, hopefully,
things we’ll do in the future. – (FBE) Finally, we wanted
to give you a moment to talk not only to the viewers of FBE,
but everyone out there who watches Andi Mack,
who may see this. What has their feedback and response
meant to you and what would you want to say to them? – I remember seeing
the first petition, something like six months ago,
for an FBE Andi Mack reaction video, and so seeing,
when I saw that this video came out, I was so excited
and I immediately tweeted about it. I’m so glad that we have
this incredible, active, almost ravenous fanbase out there. – Thank you guys so much
for all of your positivity and love. You know, it just fills my heart
with so much joy to see people that love our show
and love what we’re doing. So thank you for making
what we do possible. We get to do what we love every day
because of you guys. Thank you so much, FBE,
for having us. – (FBE) You can watch
Andi Mack on Disney Channel Fridays at 8:00/7:00 Central.
– (both) Bye!
Written by Brian Rohrer
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