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    Miley Cyrus' 'Hannah Montana' diabetes episode pulled

    By Richard Huff
    New York Daily News
    Tuesday, November 4th 2008, 4:00 AM

    Dovarganes/AP
    Miley Cyrus

    The Disney Channel pulled an episode of "Hannah Montana" (starring Miley Cyrus), a program about diabetes that was to air Sunday, because of comments from parents who saw it in an on-demand version.

    The episode, which sees Hannah's pal Oliver diagnosed with diabetes, ultimately delivers a feel-good message to viewers that the disease can be dealt with successfully. Disney aired a promo in which Nick Jonas talked about his own battle with diabetes.
    Miley Cyrus' 'Hannah Montana' diabetes episode pulled
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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    Re: 'Hannah Montana' diabetes episode pulled from Disney Channel

    I saw the episode (in so-so quality) on Youtube the other day. I don't see what was so bad about it that parents complained. The article states that they confered with specialists to get the facts right, and the episode does not make fun of diabetes, it tells kids what exactly it is and the advances that have been made.
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      Re: 'Hannah Montana' diabetes episode pulled from Disney Channel

      I'm not a fan of the show, which I'm sure doesn't bother anybody because I'm not exactly in the target audience demo.

      I am increasingly less a fan of the Disney Channel. I think this is just another in a long line of unfortunate decisions. As an obese diabetic myself, and seeing the numbers of obese youngsters we have now, I say that this show could have done an awful lot of good.

      Once again, nice going, Disney Channel.

      -- Barry
      God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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        It's too bad the show was pulled; this is a topic that more and more families are having to deal with. Type 2 Diabetes is becoming increasing more prevalent with younger groups and while they may not be insulin dependant at the time, it could turn that route if not taken care of.

        I think Disney really is so scared to step on anyones toes that the only stuff they put on the Disney Channel are topics like "what to wear to school" and "what if boy x doesn't like me?"
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          Re: 'Hannah Montana' diabetes episode pulled from Disney Channel

          Originally posted by haunted_hottie View Post
          I think Disney really is so scared to step on anyones toes that the only stuff they put on the Disney Channel are topics like "what to wear to school" and "what if boy x doesn't like me?"
          This isn't quite true, the subject has been tackled previously:

          NICK JONAS TELLS HOW HE LIVES WITH DIABETES

          IN NEW EPISODE OF
          "JONAS BROTHERS: LIVING THE DREAM,"
          PREMIERING FRIDAY, AUGUST 8 ON DISNEY CHANNEL

          15-year-old Nick Jonas shares his experience of being diagnosed with Diabetes, how he has learned to manage it in his daily life, especially while on concert tour, and how his health crisis gave him inspiration to write a song to help others dealing with challenges, in a new episode of the music-filled reality series "Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream," premiering FRIDAY, AUGUST 8 (7:55 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel.
          But pulling the episode obviously timed to lend awareness to important topic is completely odd.

          American Diabetes Month - American Diabetes Association
          "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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            Re: 'Hannah Montana' diabetes episode pulled from Disney Channel

            I'd like to hear why the parents did not like the episode. It's not like it is South Park or anything. Though if it was I am sure it'd be a lot funnier.

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              Re: 'Hannah Montana' diabetes episode pulled from Disney Channel

              Any chance this episode will be on a season set of Hannah Montana?
              "You are watching FOX"

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                Re: 'Hannah Montana' diabetes episode pulled from Disney Channel

                I think that this has happened before. I believe the That's So Raven anti-smoking episode was not shown on the Disney Channel in the US (though I think it was shown elsewhere) and did not debut until a good while after the actual That's So Raven series had ended. We'll probably see the Hannah Montana episode in some form down the road.

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                • #9
                  Re: 'Hannah Montana' diabetes episode pulled from Disney Channel

                  Hmm, I'll have to see if this is still possibly on our "On Demand" and check it out.

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                  • #10
                    Re: 'Hannah Montana' diabetes episode pulled from Disney Channel

                    That's too bad it was pulled. Kids need exposure to this. I remember when I was a kid there was an episode of The Babysitter's Club that dealt with diabetes. I only watched a few episodes (I don't think there were that many), and this one stuck with me. It involved something about one of the lead girls eating a lot of sweets since it was the holiday season, despite her friends and family trying to intervene. She ended up spending Christmas in the hospital. In the end she treated her diabetes with more respect but it was clear it was a manageable condition.

                    I must have been pretty young when I watched this, maybe 6 or 7, but when my dad was diagnosed with diabetes, I remembered this episode and I could cope with it. I knew it wasn't the end of the world.
                    "The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing" -Walt Disney

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                    • #11
                      Re: 'Hannah Montana' diabetes episode pulled from Disney Channel

                      Disney Trying to Cure Hannah Montana Diabetes Plot

                      Fri., Nov. 7, 2008 4:00 PM PST
                      by Natalie Finn
                      eonline

                      Billy Ray's message to the almost-16-year-old Miley, perhaps?) premieres Sunday.

                      "Still, there is great interest, especially from parents, in seeing the subject of living with diabetes somehow incorporated into our storytelling for kids and families, so we're hopeful we'll do so in the future," added the Disney Channel exec.

                      And it's not as if the Mouse House doesn't have a handle on the subject matter already. Also on Nov. 2, the Disney Channel aired an installment of Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream that explored how Nick Jonas manages his diabetes both at home and on tour. The 16-year-old JoBro appeared in a PSA afterward in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
                      Disney Trying to Cure Hannah Montana Diabetes Plot - E! Online
                      "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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                      • #12
                        Re: 'Hannah Montana' diabetes episode pulled from Disney Channel

                        Parents objected to incorrect facts regarding Type 1 Diabetes in the episode and the portal of her friend which made it seems as if they were making fun of people with Diabetes.

                        I like The Happiest Millionaire. What's wrong with that?

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