Police are investigating death threats made against 5-year-old actress Mia Talerico after her Disney Channel program introduced a lesbian couple, the Daily Dot reported on Thursday.
Talerico’s show, Good Luck Charlie, introduced the two characters, Susan and Cheryl, in an episode aired on Jan. 26. Talerico’s real-life mother, Claire, notified Disney security after someone began posting messages on the actress’ Instagram account saying, “Die Mia, F*cking Die in hell! Kill yourself, you deserve to die.”
CNN reported that Disney then alerted Los Angeles police officials, who are investigating the posts.
The Dot also reported that the one-time appearance of Susan and Cheryl (played by Desi Lydic and Lilli Birdsell, respectively) also spurred an unsuccessful protest by the conservative group One Million Moms, which accused Disney of wanting to “corrupt” its channel by featuring gay characters, however briefly.
“Disney has decided to be politically correct instead of providing family-friendly programming,” the group wrote on its website. “Disney should stick to entertaining, not pushing an agenda.”
The show is due to air its final episode this month, having been canceled following a 100-episode run.
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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