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Published: Monday, July 04, 2016 @ 6:05 PM
Updated: Monday, July 04, 2016 @ 6:05 PM
A group of concerned adults have launched a social media campaign to make sure an imaginary 7-year-old doctor continues to practice medicine.
Disney's "Doc McStuffins," featuring a young black doctor named Dottie, has been on the air for four seasons. But a fifth season is still in the waiting room. Disney Junior, the channel where the show appears, has yet to cancel or renew the series.
This led several celebrities and personalities — including W. Kamau Bell, Jamilah Lemieux and Audra McDonald — to call for Disney Junior to renew the show.
One of the show's biggest fans? Michelle Obama.
One of the biggest reasons for the campaign is representation: Children of color and little girls watch the show and see somebody who looks like them "practicing" medicine.
Creator Chris Nee had this to say about the character: "We went out of our way to make her a girl, which seemed like a better character, and make her African American so that we could put some role models out there that might change what's happening in the world."
But according to a 2014 article from The New York Times, "Doc McStuffins" also has crossover appeal, and the show's products did well. The outlet said the "Doc McStuffins" merchandise did $500 million in sales in 2013. At the time, that might've been the best-selling toy line based on a black character — ever.
In the meantime, Nee tweeted her support for renewal of the show, saying: "If/When Season 5 picked up, I'll sure let you know. The writing staff can't wait to get going on more stories. We love Doc!"