“Hannah Montana” Diabetes Episode Pulled (“No Sugar, Sugar”)
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An episode of Disney’s Hannah Montana has been shelved after network bosses were swamped with complaints parents concerned about the show’s message.
The episode, entitled “No Sugar, Sugar,” focuses with the series’ title character, portrayed by Disney teen sensation Miley Cyrus, dealing with a friend’s diagnosis with diabetes.
The show was scheduled to air on Sunday, but was yanked after it was previewed by concerned parents.
“During the scriptwriting stage of the Hannah Montana episode in question, the matter of depicting a character with diabetes was reviewed by our Standards and Practices executives who consulted with medical experts to inform the story and ensure that it was told responsibly,” a spokesperson for the show tells the New York Daily News.
“Notwithstanding the measures we took, and based on the episode’s preview and early feedback from parents (who saw it on Subscription Video on Demand and/or mobile platforms), we removed the episode from Sunday’s schedule and are now reevaluating it.”