- “Big Mouth” cocreator Andrew Goldberg apologized for what many felt were insensitive and misleading comments about bisexual and pansexual people that were included on an episode of the Netflix show.
- “We missed the mark here with this definition of bisexuality vs. pansexuality,” Goldberg wrote on Twitter, adding that he and his fellow creators “sincerely apologize.”
- He also thanked the trans, pansexual, and bisexual communities for teaching him about queer representation in the media.
- “Big Mouth” drew some backlash after a character, voiced by Ali Wong, compared being bisexual to liking “tacos” and “burritos.”
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“Big Mouth” cocreator Andrew Goldberg apologized on Monday for comments made on the Netflix show that many felt were disrespectful to the bisexual and pansexual communities.
“We missed the mark here with this definition of bisexuality vs. pansexuality, and my fellow creators and I sincerely apologize for making people feel misrepresented,” Goldberg wrote on Twitter.
“Any time we try to define something as complex as human sexuality, it’s super challenging, and this time we could have done better.”
The animated show’s creator also thanked the “trans, pan, and bi communities” for bringing “these important and complicated issues of representation” to the creators’ attention.
“We are listening and we looking forward to delving into all of this ins future seasons,” Goldberg concluded.
—Andrew Goldberg (@BigMouthAndrew) October 7, 2019
“Big Mouth” drew the ire of many on Sunday, after a clip from an episode was posted to Twitter. In the clip, a character voiced by comedian Ali Wong says that she’s pansexual — and then explains what that means.
“Pansexual means I’m into boys, girls, and everyone in between,” Wong’s character says. When another character asks how that’s different than being bisexual, Wong’s character Ali explains that “bisexuality is so binary.”
“Being pansexual means my sexual preference isn’t limited by gender identity,” she says.
“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,” Ali explains.
“Or a burrito that is transitioning into a taco, and anything else on the f—— menu,” she adds.
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Even though the scene seemed like it was meant to be a teaching moment, people online were quick to express their disappointment and anger with “Big Mouth” for implying that bisexual people aren’t attracted to nonbinary individuals — especially since the definitions of bisexuality and pansexuality are a lot more nuanced than the show implied.
—Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson (@MaraWilson) October 7, 2019
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And while some were appreciative of Goldberg’s recent apology, others felt there was still a lot of work to be done in terms of including bisexual and pansexual people as writers on hit TV shows.
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