Big Mouth Co-Creator Andrew Goldberg Apologises For 'Missing The Mark' With Pansexual Character
While people love animated series Big Mouth for its edgy comedy, some fans have hit back to claim that a new clip has fallen foul of biphobia, transphobia and panphobia - with one of the show's co-creators having now admitted that they 'missed the mark'.
In the clip, we meet new student Ali - voiced by comedian and actor Ali Wong - who is asked by teacher Ms Benitez to introduce herself to the rest of the class.
The character says: "I play soccer, I'm a Ravenclaw, and not to make all you normies s*** your Old Navy undies, but I am pansexual."
Nick (voiced by Nick Kroll) then asks her to expand, to which Ali responds: "Pansexual means I'm into boys, girls and everyone in between."
When Nick says he 'thought that was bisexual', Ali rolls her eyes and says: "No, bisexuality is so binary.
"Being pansexual means my sexual preference isn't limited by gender identity."
She continues: "It's like, some of you borings like tacos and some of you like burritos, and if you're bisexual you like tacos and burritos. But I'm saying I like tacos and burritos and I could be into a taco that was born a burrito, or a burrito that is transitioning into a taco."
The clip was shared on Twitter, where one person commented: "Not only is this biphobic, transphobic, and panphobic with extremely incorrect definitions, but they've made this weird image where pansexuality is seen as morally higher than bisexuality. Not only that, but everyone in the room treated the term pansexual like a dirty word."
Another said: "Listen I love Big Mouth but this is a gross misunderstanding of the actual differences between bisexuality and pansexuality. Implying bi people can't be into trans people? Not cool."
Andrew Goldberg, who created the series with Kroll, has since apologised for making people feel 'misrepresented', and agreed the team could have 'done better' with the way in which they defined sexuality.
- Andrew Goldberg (@BigMouthAndrew) October 7, 2019
In a statement posted on Twitter, he said: "We missed the mark here with this definition of bisexuality vs. pansexuality, and my fellow creators and I sincerely apologise for making people feel misrepresented.
"Any time we try to define something as complex as human sexuality, it's super challenging, and this time we could have done better.
"Thank you to the trans, pan and bi communities for further opening our eyes to these important and complicated issues of representation. We are listening and we look forward to delving into all of this in future seasons."
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