Disney Channel’s The Owl House will feature a bisexual lead character in the new show about witchcraft and demons.
“When 14-year-old outcast Luz discovers a portal to a new world, she meets Eda the witch, and a demon named King!” the show’s description states. “In order to get home, Luz has to help them with a dangerous mission.”
Disney describes the new realm as “Demon Town,” where Luz trains as a witch and lives with a witch and her demon pet. She also attends the “Hexside School of Magic and Demonics.”
The show also announced it will depict Luz as a bisexual character.
Here’s a video below:
— Disney TVA (@DisneyTVA) August 10, 2020
Disney’s tweet reads, “From enemies to frenemies to enchanted dance partners, who else loves seeing Luz [and] Amity’s relationship grow stronger?”
Bisexual show creator Dana Terrace also posted this to her Twitter account:
The tweet reads, “Anyway, be gay and do witchcraft.”
Terrace explained that she initially desired writing in a homosexual lead character, but Disney refused. However, the company recently decided otherwise.
Here’s her announcement below:
Terrace’s first tweet reads, “In [development], I was very open about my intention to put queer kids in the main cast. I’m a horrible liar, so sneaking it in would’ve been hard, haha. When we were green-lit, I was told by certain Disney leadership that I could NOT represent any form of [bisexual] or gay relationship on the channel.”
Her second tweet reads, “I’m [bisexual]! I want to write a [bisexual] character…Luckily, my stubbornness paid off and now I am VERY supported by current Disney leadership…”
Exorcist and psychologist Msgr. Stephen Rossetti of the St. Michael Center for Spiritual Renewal commented on the portrayal of good witches and normalizing witchcraft to children.
“I think one of the basic misunderstandings today is this: Is there such a thing as a “good witch?”
“This presumes that people can wield a kind of natural spiritual power by their own will and do good. Unfortunately, this is an error which is becoming more widespread.
“Every exorcist knows that if he has any spiritual power and authority, it comes from God through Jesus. By myself, I have no ability to cast out demons. In fact, in an exorcism, the demons try to get me to fight them one on one, appealing to my pride.
“But I learned long ago that, by myself, I am quickly overcome by Satan and his fallen angels. However, when I let Jesus work through me, Satan is vanquished.
“When these young people start practicing ‘good witchcraft,’ what power are they really invoking? They don’t know. In the beginning, it might seem good, but eventually it will show its true colors, and sadly, many will find they have been unwitting partners with evil.
“I am currently exorcizing several people who practiced witchcraft and it is an ugly and difficult exorcism.”
Catholic Church teaching on homosexuality:
The Catholic Church teaches that people with homosexual tendencies “must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity,” but that homosexual acts constitute “grave depravity,” are “intrinsically disordered,” and that “under no circumstances can they be approved.” Instead, “homosexual persons are called to chastity.” (CCC 2357-2359)
Catholic teaching on witchcraft:
“All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons, conjuring up the dead or other practices falsely supposed to “unveil” the future. Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, the phenomena of clairvoyance, and recourse to mediums all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and, in the last analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect, and loving fear that we owe to God alone.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2116)