Friday, Oct. 27, Disney Channel’s Andi Mack made history by introducing the channel’s first gay main character. Cyrus Goodman, played by Joshua Rush, is sitting in the diner with his friend Buffy, played by Sofia Wylie. While sitting down with Buffy, Cyrus admits that he is scared. He then admits that although he is happy for his friend Andi, he is also unhappy for her. Buffy instantly takes this as he is jealous because he likes Andi. Cyrus is silent, and Buffy realizes that he does not have feelings for Andi. He has feelings for Jonah, who is Andi’s crush. Cyrus tells Buffy that he is scared, and although Buffy admits that she is scared too, she instantly jumps into her role as a supportive best friend. She tells him that he’ll be okay. It’s a tough thing for Cyrus to be going through, especially as he revealed that he just got a girlfriend.
You could tell during the whole scene that Cyrus, then Buffy, were both emotional. The scene was so raw and real, and as I was watching it, I also felt emotional. Cyrus tells Buffy that he doesn’t want to tell anyone else just yet because he isn’t ready– this includes Andi, and his girlfriend Iris. Deadline: Hollywood had a statement from The Walt Disney Co. about the show, saying that “Disney remains committed to continuing to create characters that are accessible and relatable to all children.”
It’s great to finally see some LGBTQ representation on Disney Channel!