'Hannah Montana' diabetes episode is yanked
With juvenile diabetes an ever-rising threat to our nation's kids, it's good to know the Disney Channel this week yanked an episode of Hannah Montana slated to run Sunday that dealt with the disease, thanks to comments from parents who watched an on-demand version.
The New York Daily News says the show dealt with Miley Cyrus' pal Oliver, played by Mitchel Musso, being diagnosed with diabetes. Despite the show having an upbeat message, a spokeswoman told the paper the storyline was of concern to some parents, without specifying exactly what they said about it.
"During the scriptwriting stage of the Hannah Montana episode in question (entitled No Sugar, Sugar), the matter of depicting a character with diabetes was reviewed by our Standards and Practices executives who consulted with medical experts to inform the story and ensure that it was told responsibly," the source said. "Notwithstanding the measures we took, and based on the episode's preview and early feedback from parents (who saw it on SVOD and/or mobile platforms), we removed the episode from Sunday's schedule and are now reevaluating it."
While the corn syrup lobbyists no doubt found some way to get this killed, we absolutely cannot see what could have happened that would cause overprotective parents to want the episode booted. Maybe they were too busy destroying their children's little pancreases with soda pop and fast food to live in the real world.