Disney Channel Pulls Episode of 'Jessie' After Viewer Complaints TVLine
An episode of "Jessie" has been pulled by Disney Channel, after some viewers complained about the episode’s mocking of a character's gluten intolerance, TVLine reports.
"[W]e received your feedback about tonight’s 'Jessie' episode which some of you accessed early on Video-on-Demand,” the network said in a statement posted on Facebook. “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. Please accept our apologies for the upset this episode caused you and your family.”
The episode found Jessie, a nanny for a wealthy family, minding one of her charge's friends, who follows a gluten-free diet. Jokes were made at the condition’s expense, including pancakes being thrown at the child, who yelled, "Gluten!," the story says.
A petition on Change.org suggests the episode encourages bullying and objects to the portrayal of the character as "annoying, sniveling and demanding, repeatedly teased and excluded by the other children.”