The Word: Disney Channel yanks episode mocking gluten intolerance

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The Disney Channel pulled an episode of “Jessie” that mocked a kid on a gluten-free diet.

If there’s one thing we all know in this modern world of ours, it’s that the only thing worse than gluten intolerance is gluten intolerance intolerance. The Disney Channel learned that lesson the hard way this week, when it was forced to pull an episode of “Jessie” that mocked a kid on a gluten-free diet following a fan outcry.

Gluten-free diets are both a health necessity for some serious disorders and a trendy way to be difficult at restaurants. Disney realized too late that they maybe shouldn’t expect children to make the distinction and quickly moved to kill the episode, which included a scene of people throwing pancakes at the gluten-free kid while he screams “Gluten!” and wipes his face, according to CBS News.

“We are removing this particular episode from our regular programming schedule and will re-evaluate its references to gluten restrictions in the character’s diet,” the Disney Channel said in a statement on Facebook. “Please accept our apologies for the upset this episode caused you and your family.”

Pah. Kids today are soft. If they can’t be mocked for potentially life-threatening dietary conditions, what can I mock them for? Oh, nothing? I shouldn’t mock children? Whatever. Like I said: soft.


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