Hilary Duff hints that Disney sidelined Love, Simon and Lizzie McGuire reboot for the same problematic reason

James Besanvalle
Wednesday 26 February 2020 10:15

Hey now (hey now), who would’ve thought Hilary Duff would be sending subtle shade to Disney?

Let’s give some background to the situation.

In the works right now, there’s a TV show spin-off for the gay coming-of-age film, Love, Simon.

But Disney's streaming service Disney+ reportedly had second thoughts about airing it because it tackles “alcohol use and sexual exploration”.

According to an anonymous source who spoke to Variety:

Disney felt many issues explored on the show, including alcohol use and sexual exploration, would not fit in with the family-friendly content on Disney+.

So they announced they were moving it from Disney+ to Hulu (which Disney also owns).

Backlash ensued, with many LGBTQ+ people taking to social media to ask Disney why portraying a gay love story isn’t considered “family-friendly”:

Cue Hilary Duff sweeping in to defend Love, Simon and, as her 2003 hit-song would say, Why Not?

The 32-year-old Lizzie McGuire star took to Instagram this morning (26 February) to share a news headline about the controversy, which read:

Love, Simon TV Show Pulled From Disney+ as It's Not 'Family-Friendly'

Posting to her Instagram story, Hilary simply wrote:

Sounds familiar…

But what does she mean? Is she referring to a similar issue surrounding her upcoming Lizzie McGuire reboot and why it has stalled? Are there issues in her own spin-off that were deemed not ‘family-friendly’ enough?

In October, it emerged the Lizzie McGuire reboot will feature an openly gay character too.

Then in January, production of the reboot stalled after a lead TV writer quit.

So, many people began wildly speculating after Duff posted the cryptic Instagram story with the ominous ellipsis:

The Love, Simon TV series is due in June 2020, while the Lizzie McGuire reboot is due for sometime this year.

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