Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Love, Victor finally arrives on US Disney Plus

Love, Victor – a tv series following high-schooler Victor Salazar (Michael Cimino) as he goes on a journey of self-discovery about his identity – will arrive on Disney Plus for US viewers this upcoming June.

The series is a spin-off from the movie Love, Simon and deals with the new protagonist coming to terms with his sexuality, all while still facing the uphill battle that’s known as high school. Eventually, Victor finds love with his classmate Benji, but together they must face the aftermath of coming out as gay.

Love, Victor and its seasons have already been available for Disney Plus viewers in the UK since February 2021, but unfortunately was not available for those in the US. According to PinkNews, this was due to some executives being “concerned certain issues explored on the show – including its LGBT+ content – were considered “adult themes”. This is a particularly funny concern when you realize that Disney Plus is also host to a number of different horror shows and movies, including the racy Jennifer’s Body and the gore-infested The Walking Dead.

Regardless, things have changed and the Love, Victor series (including its final season) will be able to be watched by US viewers when it comes to the platform on June 15. The series will also continue to stream on Hulu, another platform popular in the US.

In a statement to Variety, Hulu president Joe Early said they “are excited to bring it to the widest possible audience” with the series being both on Hulu and Disney Plus. Early also added that “in addition to highlighting this groundbreaking series, this will give subscribers a chance to sample more content that is available across our streaming services as we have done with titles like the Academy Award-winning ‘Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised),’ ‘Man in the Arena: Tom Brady’ and ‘black-ish.'”

A wider audience does seem as though it’ll do the trick for Love, Victor, especially as Hulu has previously stated that it was “the most-watched drama on the service during the week of its premiere.” Most recently, it has taken home a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comedy Series for this year, having previously won it in 2021.

This positive news comes during rising pressure from Disney’s employees for the organization’s support against the transphobic and homophobic laws and legislation in the states of Texas and Florida.

Aimee Hart

[She/They] Aimee Hart is Editor-in-Chief of Gayming Magazine. She specializes in queer fandom, video games and tabletop, having started her career writing for numerous websites like The Verge, Polygon, Input Magazine and more. Her goal now is to boost LGBTQ+ voices in the video games industry.