I love Jesse Moynihan’s work on Adventure Time. The dude has brought great things to the show and I love his philosophy on shared creative interpretation between creator and viewer.
His comments on his own blog post about Sky Witch still bother me, though. In response to comments and criticism, he constantly advocates for the idea that the characters are as much ours to interpret as his, which is an excellent idea to pass around and something I find zero fault in. However, he also reiterates a few times how easy he thinks it is to interpret Marceline and PB as intensely platonic in Sky Witch, going so far as to use the words “bromance” and compare their feelings to that of himself and an old friend. This is all well and good, but it is the only view he expresses, and he seems to pointedly avoid any mention of the romantic potential between the two women.
One such comment is even in response to a fan who is bordering on sounding homophobic in their anti-shirt-sniffing fury over the episode. I personally don’t think such immature behavior deserves to be reassured, and I also wonder that if someone had commented with equally “disappointed” expressions on the other side of the argument (the romantic side), would he have put as much effort into placating them? Or would he have continued the art of silence?
I realize that I myself am biased and this colors my views when reading such comments. I also realize why creators feel that silence must be employed on the issue of queer representation in children’s media, and I appreciate Adventure Time’s very well-written inclusion on our behalf. I am just tired of silence being our default answer, particularly while watching the other side be gently placated when their feathers are ruffled.
Maybe I’ll feel better when I write a long-ass post about why Bubbline is so rockin’.
Remember how the AT crew tried to playfully imply non-platonic feelings when Mathamatical released production footage of What was Missing? Remember how hard they were shut down? That was just commentary and they got shut down that hard. Moynihan has to be very careful, even on his personal blog. If he gave our side ANY reassurances, it could get him in serious trouble.
It is first and foremost their responsibility to sell the show, and that means that when they do things for our camp, they must make it subtle enough that reassurances of platonic interpretation can be made to the more bigoted viewership.
Frankly, I’m mostly just impressed that he’s daring enough to write material that requires him to reassure bristling bigots. The guy is A+ in my book.
I think you understand that, and that your biggest gripe is more with society than Moynihan.