The popular animated series Big Mouth has sparked controversy over its definitions of bisexuality and pansexuality.
The show attempted to introduce an LGBTQ character named Ali (played by Ali Wong) by having her label herself as pansexual. As part of her introduction, she explained to her classmates the difference between bisexuality and pansexuality.
“It’s like, some of you borings like tacos, and some of you like burritos,” Ali said. “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. And honey, anything else on the f*cking menu.”
— Andrew Goldberg (@BigMouthAndrew) October 7, 2019
Viewer outrage on social media prompted one of the creators of the show, Andrew Goldberg, to issue an apology via Twitter. “We missed the mark here with this definition of bisexuality vs. pansexuality,” Goldberg lamented. “My fellow creators and I sincerely apologize for making people feel misrepresented.” He went on to say “Thank you to the trans, pan and bi communities for further opening our eyes to see these important and complicated issues of representation.”
Big Mouth streams on Netflix.