Disney creates history as it showcases first gay teen couple in final episode of 'Andi Mack'
The final episode of 'Andi Mack' ended with the main characters, Cyrus Goodman and TJ, holding hands while hinting that the two are more than friends
The Disney Channel has finally represented a gay couple.
The final episode of 'Andi Mack' ended with the main characters, 13-year-old Cyrus Goodman and fellow middle schooler TJ, holding hands while hinting that the two are more than friends, reported by Daily Mail.
The show revolves around the life of Andi Mack and has been quite popular among the LGBTQ community ever since one of Andi's friend came out as gay.
In the episode, Cyrus, who is played by Joshua Rush, is seen admitting to Andi and their friend Buffy that she has a crush on Andi's boyfriend Jonah.
The episode was applauded by viewers as this was the first time Disney represented a character that had openly admitted to being gay.
The show yet again managed to win over the audience by showing Cyrus in a relationship.
The scene started out with Cyrus and TJ singing Lady Gaga's acclaimed song 'Born This Way' before starting to talk about liking each other.
The scene ends with the two boys holding hands and hinting to the audience that they are indeed a couple.
Joshua even took to Twitter to talk about the episode. "Guys, gals, and nb pals, I can now tell you: tyrus endgame canon and confirmed," he wrote.
Meanwhile, Luke Mullen, who plays TJ, also noted, "TYRUS. IS. ENDGAME. Honored to be a part of such a groundbreaking show. I hope my character can inspire people to be proud of who they are and love who they love."
Terri Minsky, who created the show, also noted how it was a big step to make them a couple.
"They’re still in middle school, you know," she said while speaking with Paste magazine about the choice to have them just hold hands.
"And I know that people do things in middle school... But I guess... I feel like it’s too much for the captain of the basketball team to hold hands with a boy in the middle of a party."
Terri also noted that the scene was more impactful if the characters were just shown holding hands rather than kissing.
"I feel like a kiss, in a way, would have not been realistic to these characters. A lot of that story, a lot of that journey between Cyrus and TJ was subtext, and I think that whatever they were saying to each other, they weren’t actually saying in words," she said.
Terri also noted that she wanted to make the scene special and that was one of the reasons that there weren't many dialogues used in the scene. "And even that final conversation isn’t explicit. I love that they have that moment reaching for each other and holding hands, in my mind, in the world that we live in, in the story of this relationship, that is a lot," she said.
"I think that first physical contact with somebody is so intense. The feeling of their hand and your hand intertwined, how unusual and connected and intense that is. I just felt like this was the story of these characters, that they finally understood what they were saying to each other, and it wasn’t like they had to wonder, is he saying this? or is he thinking this?" she added.