A Christian conservative group is
threatening to boycott Nickelodeon over gay characters in the
Nicktoon The Loud House.
Howard and Harold McBride, voiced by
comedian Michael McDonald and TV personality Wayne Brady,
respectively, are the first same-sex couple to be featured in a
Nickelodeon animated series.
They are the married parents of Clyde
McBride (Caleel Harris), the best friend of Lincoln Loud (voiced by
Sean Ryan Fox in the pilot, Grant Palmer in subsequent episodes), the
show's star. Loud, 11, is growing up with 10 sisters.
Monica Cole of One Million Moms called
on her supporters to contact Nickelodeon and urge the network to
remove the characters from the show.
“If producers keep this episode as
originally planned, then conservative families will have no choice
but to no longer watch Nickelodeon in their homes so they can avoid
the previews, commercials and reruns for this irresponsible episode,”
Cole told the group's members. “Tell them you are prepared to join
thousands of other voices in urging advertisers to place it on their
'do not advertise' list for introducing children to LGBT content.”
Cole accused Nickelodeon of pushing an
agenda. “Networks, even children networks, are attempting to
desensitize children and families in general,” she told One News
Now. “This is just proof that Nickelodeon [has] decided to be
politically correct instead of just providing clean, family-friendly