IN THE COMMENTS: Pogo (who is a doctor) said:
More than likely, some joke was made about diabetes that pricked the sensitive (which is of course impossible to avoid), and/or the message was not positive enough, having contained an actual negative assessment of the disease.Modika has seen the pulled episode and also has a 13-year old sonwith type 1 diabetes:
That is, someone mentioned the truth. Diabetes in a child or teen can be awful. But some parents want to shield their charges from it, insisting nothing negative be said at all.
Disney failed the PC test: the only remaining permissible humor is against an adult white male.
Minor calamities in which the lead character is in some sort of mix-up or unavoidable choice is the sole scource of creative tension left for a company like Disney that tries to please everyone.
In comparison, South Park tells everyone to go to hell, and their ratings are fine.
Throughout the episode, the character with type 1 diabetes is prevented from having any sugar. He is constantly craving sweets-- even having fantasies about cotton candy and diving into a rubbish can in search of a thrown out candy bar."Hannah Montana" could kill kids.
The other kids in the show talk constantly of having to prevent the "sugar boy" from eating any sugar.
This theme not only promotes misinformation about type 1 diabetes (because those who have the disease can indeed eat sugar), but it can be dangerous as well.
If a type 1 diabetic has a low blood sugar (and remember, this kind of low isn't like those experienced by a non-diabetic, but rather something that could cause a seizure or death in a matter of minutes), they MUST eat sugar. Immediately.
Now, what if just one kid who watched this program had a friend with diabetes who needed to treat a low blood sugar?
And what if that friend thought he/she was helping by denying him sugar?
Do you see the problem here?