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Why yank the Hannah Montana diabetes show?



Tbdmileycyrus111108 Last week we brought word from the New York Daily News that Sunday's new episode of Hannah Montana was pulled after some parents who had seen the show objected to the message about Mitchel Musso's character being diagnosed with diabetes. We initially thought it was because helicopter parents didn't want their precious babies exposed to the truth about the disease (what happens when we assume?), but it seems the problem was because Miley Cyrus and the gang were anything but serious about it. says a reader who saw the episode in question complained because the show contained so much misinformation, it would be irresponsible to show it. A reader identified as Michelle said "the entire show focused on Miley stopping Oliver from eating sugar," which, of course, is not the problem with Type I, but rather that the body either fails to produce or improperly uses insulin.

Michelle also points out that Oliver was portrayed as a sugar fiend, "at one point falling into a garbage barrel to get a half eaten and discarded candy bar." And besides that, Miley called Oliver "sugar boy," which was offensive to that viewer. Being Type II -- thanks, genetics! -- even The (sugar-free) Juice* finds that offensive, too. We can totally keep ourselves from diving into trash cans for candy.

The most offensive? "The show never mentioned Oliver checking blood sugar ... or injecting insulin," Michele said. That would be like showing an episode about being a paraplegic without showing a wheelchair, or having cancer without discussing chemotherapy, we think.

"We thank Disney for pulling this episode," Michelle wrote. "We also were in touch with the medical expert who consulted on this episode and his feeling was that his "consultation" was not reflected accurately in the script." Well, that should be obvious, if there was no mention of the hundreds of dollars in medication and paraphernalia diabetics have to buy.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:09am]


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