It's Pride Month and it's time to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community! Disney sent out its greetings by posting a photo of the iconic characters Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy walking along in a line with a rainbow background in celebration with the caption of "There's room for everyone under the rainbow. Happy #PrideMonth!" However, not all are impressed with Disney as the creator of Gravity Falls, Alex Hirsch, slams the company for its hypocrisy.
Alex Hirsch revealed on his official Twitter account that Disney made him revise explicit LGBTQ+ characters in Gravity Falls as the company did not deem it "Disney appropriate" seemingly telling him that having such a character does not fit the imagery of the company.
In his tweet, Hirsch said, "Disney privately: Cut the gay scene! We might lose precious pennies from Russia & China!... Disney publicly: Honk honk we put a rainbow bumper sticker on Lightning McQueen today CONSUME OUR PRODUCTS TEENS"
Hirsch added, "To any creative at Disney TV, Feature, Publishing or Streaming: please mercilessly spam your execs with "there's room for everyone under the rainbow" next time they tell you to "please revise" your LGBTQ+ character for "not being Disney appropriate."
The tone of disappointment in Hirsch's statement is clear. As one who first-handled experienced having his characters toned down to be in consonance with the appropriateness that the company is looking for, and despite years had passed after the last episode of Gravity Falls aired, the creator's sentiment bears weight and this grudge seemed to have been carried over through the years.
Alex Hirsch is known for his creation, Gravity Falls, which had two seasons on Disney Channel and Disney XD focusing on the Pines twins, Dipper and Mabel, spending their summer in Gravity Falls with their Uncle Stan in the Mystery Shack, and they had the best summer of their lives fighting monsters and weirdness in town, gaining various friends and acquaintances like Sheriff Blubs and Deputy Durland, officers in town who pronounce their love to each other throughout the series.
Hirsch shared his perspective on how Disney has a lack of LGBTQ+ representation, one which has been seen through the years that while the company has been exerting its efforts to try to go for inclusion and representation, they are still far from successfully making it happen.