When Disney+ was first announced in September of 2017, people went crazy. Finally, a digital platform that will bring the 2000-2010 nostalgia back. From That’s So Raven, to Wizards of Waverly Place, everything and anything Disney owned was on the streaming service. The fact that it only costs $6.99 a month is such a great deal as well.
As if that weren’t great enough, Disney launched its original television show onto the service. High School Musical, The Musical: The Series was released. Although it’s not a continuation of Troy and Gabriella’s love story, it does a great job of replicating the songs, scenes, and even some of the original High School Musical cast members. Lucas Grabeel was featured in the season finale episode, and Kaycee Stroh made a cameo appearance in episode six.
In August of 2019, former Disney actress, Hilary Duff, announced that she would be working with Disney+ on a reboot season of the iconic Disney Channel show, Lizzie McGuire. She would also act as an executive producer, and the original cast would make a comeback as well. The show first aired in 2001, and ran until 2004. The Lizzie McGuire Movie was also released in 2003.
Naturally, fans were ecstatic. The Disney shows that most of us grew up watching were slowly coming back. First, there was Girl Meets World: a continuation of the Freeform (formerly known as ABC Family) hit television show, Boy Meets World. Then, there was Raven’s Home: a spinoff of 2003’s popular Disney show, That’s So Raven.
Disney+ was also set to produce a television adaptation of the 2018 popular LGBTQ+ film: Love, Simon. The title was going to be renamed Love, Victor, and was scheduled to premiere in June of this year — also known as pride month. According to an article by The Hollywood Reporter, the show was going to be focused on new student, Victor, and his struggles with sexuality, self-exploration, and adjusting to challenges within his new city, as well as his own home.
However, on Monday, Hulu took to Instagram to announce that Love, Victor will be airing on Hulu in June, rather than on the original Disney+ streaming platform. According to Variety, anonymous sources explained that the reason for the switch has to do with “alcohol use and sexual exploration throughout the show.” Disney Plus is considered to be a family-friendly platform, and the premise of the show doesn’t adhere to the company’s guidelines.
Several days ago, Hilary Duff took to her Instagram story, to post a screenshot of an article, that mentions Love, Victor’s switch to Hulu. The title of the article is, “Love, Simon TV Show Pulled From Disney+ as It’s Not ‘Family-Friendly'”. Duff circled the title and wrote, “sounds familiar” above. Many fans assumed that she was shading Disney+, as it might have something to do with the upcoming version of the Lizzie McGuire show.
On February 28, fans got the confirmation when Duff once again took to her Instagram. She posted a black photo with white text on her timeline, with the caption: “Was incredibly excited to launch “Lizzie” on D+ and my passion remains! However, I feel a huge responsibility to honor the fans’ relationship with Lizzie.” She then goes on to say, “It would be a dream if Disney would let us move the show to Hulu, and I could bring this beloved character to life again.”
While Disney hasn’t commented on the situation, fans stood by Duff and agreed with her stance on the situation. Some fans are even cancelling their Disney+ subscriptions, until they agree to let Lizzie McGuire make the switch.
We’ll have to wait and see how Disney responds, but let’s hope for the best!