Andi Mack Attacks Controversey


Erika Ackley, Managing Editor

For many of us, Disney Channel still remains a memorable part of our childhood. The classics, like Wizards of Waverly Place, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, That’s So Raven, Lizzie McGuire and more, were all shows that we still reminisce about today.

While they may have been memorable, they were also most definitely problematic. Disney provided us with little to no diversity, conflict, or serious subject matter when it came to their content. The majority of their shows have been chock-full of stereotypes in all shapes and forms, until now.

Disney’s new show, Andi Mack, breaks their unfortunate track record in many ways. Not only is it the first show to star an Asian-American family, but it also deals with teen pregnancy, secrets and changes in family dynamic.

Directed and created by Terri Minsky, creator of Lizzie McGuire, Andi Mack follows a 13-year-old girl named Andi (played by Peyton Elizabeth Lee), who has a seemingly normal life as a teenager at the end of her middle school years. But this normal plot comes with a pretty big twist.

Andi, who is quirky, artistic and a bit shy, has an older and very outgoing sister named Bex, who had previously always been off on her own adventures. The show begins with Andi’s 13th birthday and a surprise visit from Bex, who suddenly announces her decision to move back home.

However, this announcement doesn’t sit well with her mother and reveals the amount of conflict that exists between the two. And later on we see Bex and her mother arguing pretty heavily over telling Andi about a certain secret.

So the big twist? Andi’s life is turned upside down when Bex reveals on her birthday that she is actually her mom. And that their parents are really Bex’s parents and Andi’s grandparents. This is where Disney begins to explore and delve into loss of trust, tension filled relationships, and dynamic shifts.

Andi initially struggles to grasp the idea that she is a result of a teen pregnancy, and that Bex is her mother. She is angered that such a secret had been kept from her all her life, but eventually comes around to accept her new family dynamic.

One thing that still remains unknown is the identity and whereabouts of Andi’s father, which Bex refuses to reveal. That matter is sure to be left for future episodes.  

Don’t be fooled, this show isn’t all that different from other Disney shows. Despite the serious subject matter, Minsky has still managed to fill the plot and episodes with comedic, slightly cringeworthy and light hearted moments as well.

So if you’re looking to revisit your old Disney glory days, or if you’re interested in a show that definitely shakes things up, you can catch new episodes of Andi Mack on Sundays on Disney Channel.