The co-creator of Veggie Tales - an American Christian franchise of faith-related resources for children, including books, movies and TV shows - believes Christian filmmakers will have to start addressing LGBT issues from a biblical perspective because youngsters are already finding out about same-gender relationships from secular films and television.
Speaking to The Christian Post, Phil Vischer said: “I think it will have to be addressed at some point; I do think it's a matter of time, but right now, I think it would be difficult for a couple of reasons. First: the nuance of how to treat LGBT issues isn’t agreed upon within the church; and secondly, some parents may want to have that talk with their kids. It’s tricky because it’s so divisive. It would be hard to do it in a way that works and matches everyone's expectations.”
He continued: “Parents are definitely going to have to deal with a growing LGBT presence in children’s media. It’s going to show up more and more, as the world has decided that LGBT issues are in the same categories as race and civil rights issues. So to say you shouldn’t have a same-sex couple on Sesame Street is the equivalent of saying you shouldn’t have a black couple on Sesame Street.”
Vischer also said: “If I get pressure from Hollywood to show two men getting married because we’ve all decided it’s right and correct, my pushback is: ‘No, I won’t. Because that’s not what I believe is best for kids’. It’s more about what we show as normal rather than explicitly showing something and saying, ‘That’s wrong.’ I’m portraying the positive rather than the negative - at least for now. I do believe that at some point we’ll be forced to figure out how to explicitly address it.”
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