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Proud Family Reboot’s Introduction of Two Dads Incites Homophobia

'Proud Family' Reboot's Introduction of Two Dads Incites Homophobia

'Proud Family' Reboot's Introduction of Two Dads Incites Homophobia

The Disney+ series tackled a serious subject in its latest episode.

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Disney +'s reboot of the classic 2000s show is better and gayer than ever. In the latest episode, The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder tackles homophobia in a way unlike any we've seen in an animated series. Titled "Father Figures", the Prouds meet Randall and Barry Lebowitz-Jenkins, the two dads of the new kids in town.

We're introduced to them first through Felix who thinks his wife, Sunset, is cheating on him with his new detective partner, Barry (Zachary Quinto). Barry invites the kids to a concert and at the show, they meet Randall (Billy Porter). Dijonay, nosy as ever, is confused when Randall introduces himself as Maya and KG's dad when Barry did the same thing earlier. Once she realizes they're together, she takes to social media to spread the news. 

The whispers take hold of the kids' school, someone writes, "Ur family don't belong here," on Maya's locker, and KG is teased for being a "double daddy's boy."

Penny wants to support the new kids. "People are crazy," she complains to her friends. "Why does it even matter they have two dads?" 

But the neighborhood isn't as accepting as Penny. Even Oscar doesn't want her hanging around the new family, his blatant homophobia upsetting Penny, Trudy, and Suga Momma. 

After Randall denies a loan for Oscar and Barry invites the Prouds over for gumbo, Oscar must reckon with his disapproval of the Lebowitz-Jenkins. At the dinner, the dads are in a forgiving mood and they actually thank Oscar for raising Penny, who stuck up for their kids at school. Randall even approves his loan request as a sign of good faith. 

"You know what Oscar, you should try looking at the world through Penny's eyes," says Randall. "You might learn a little something something."

Barry and Randall kiss just before everyone breaks into a shuffle set to Earth, Wind, and Fire's "September." As he watches from the corner of the room, Oscar realizes the error of his ways and tears up at the sight of family and love. 

The episode has launched an interesting discussion online, some praising the series for prompting conversation and pointing out homophobia starts in the home, while others simply didn't see the point.

New episodes of The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder premiere Wednesday's on Disney+.

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Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one! 

Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one!