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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Adventure Time!

If you haven’t watched Adventure Time, you need to re-evaluate your life because it’s one of the best shows of all time. It also supports the gay community. That’s right! A children’s TV show is coming out of closet, just not fully. . . more like poking their head out to see if it’s safe.

I’m particularly referring to the episode “What was Missing”. Where there is a lesbian subtext between Marceline and Princess Bubblegum. If you haven’t seen the episode, I suggest you search for it on You Tube or some cite like that (sadly, I can’t post the episode due to copy right laws)

Synopsis - "What Was Missing" 

In this episode the mighty Door Lord wanders through the land of Ooo, stealing a precious belonging from everyone he passes, including Fin, Jake, BMO, Marceline, and Princess Bubblegum (PB). The Door Lord then locks himself behind a magic door that “shall yield to no command save for a song from a genuine band.” In order to get their stuff back, the five must work together to make a “song that feels so real it’ll make [the] door break!” Eventually, the group does just that in a great musical number and gets all the belongings they held so closely to their heart.

 Lesbian "Subtext"

Before the band could perform their song, they had to overcome their differences, and PB and Marceline had a lot of differences. As you listen to Marceline’s first song, “I’m Just Your Problem,” you can clearly tell the two have an unpleasant history with one another. But as you listen more closely, you get a feeling that maybe these two had a deeper history together . . . maybe lovers?

Later, at the end of the episode, when everyone gets his or her belongings back, you find out what was taken from PB was a shirt. But this wasn't just any shirt; it was her favorite shirt, which she wears to bed each night. It was a shirt given to her by. . . Marceline! You know what that sounds like? That sounds like they were a couple. . . a lesbian couple.

Now, you may think this is only a fan fiction myth about a children’s show. After all, the show never directly mentions they were in fact a couple or had any affection for one another. But it’s actually somewhat true.

Behind the Scenes of "What was Missing" 

The executive producer of Adventure Time, Fred Seibert, produced a behinds the scenes video segment on YouTube that comfirmed the lesbian relationship between Marceline and PB. The video was well praised by the LGBTQ+ community; however, it was considered too controversial by the production crew. So the YouTube video was taken down, but the episode is still played on the network station.

Is it Time?

Even though the television show did not fully portray a lesbian couple, it is nice to see people at least putting in the effort to make a difference. The Adventure Time crew did not think society was ready for this step. But what do you think? Should children shows be allowed to have lesbians portrayed in them? Leave a comment and let us know.

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