Gravity Falls creator shares wild Disney review requests

Gravity Falls Creator Shares Wild Disney S&P Review Requests

Gravity Falls
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Now this this is how sausage is really made. Of course Disney, being a cautious mega-conservativecompany that primarily sells children’s media, is obnoxiously hands-on the content they post. But we seldom see behind the curtain of what goes into monitoring their creations.

Thanks to Gravity FallsAlex Hirsch, we now have a better idea of ​​what’s going on behind the scenes, and it’s…pretty crazy. Hirsch celebrated the Disney Channel cartoon ten-anniversaryand he concluded the festivities with some of the messages he exchanged with the network Standards and Practices department during the series’ tenure.

“One last treat. Are you ever curious about the fights I had with the censors at Gravity Falls? He wrote on Twitter. “I probably shouldn’t share this buttttt here are some REAL NOTES from DISNEY S&P and my REAL ANSWERS. You’re Not Ready #10YearsOfGravityFalls »

The back-and-forth is as jaw-dropping as Hirsch promised, from the warning that the word “‘chub’ has a sexual connotation” (“That’s silly. It’s a picture of a big dog “) to worry that a line “about dressing up like a giant teddy bear” might remind audiences of a “furry fetish.” (“Do I even have to answer that?”) in a hilarious and stuffy note, censors asked Hirsch to revise a limerick on “a man from Kentucky” because “S&P is concerned that disreputable rhymes may be gleaned from it.”

S&P’s complaints even include a predictable whiff of homophobia regarding a moment when Blubs, a cop, puts his arm around his partner Durland. “As noted in previous concerns, their affectionate relationship should remain comedic rather than flirtatious,” the censorship note read. “No. They’re…buddies. Relax,” Hirsch replied. “The gesture is approved in this context,” the censors reluctantly conceded.

“I have literally *thousands* of them. Each one still haunts me,” he wrote in a follow-up tweet. life” to the heroic argument: “Why should we be held hostage by imaginary career moaners who could possibly go out of their way to pretend to be offended by this? (It earned him a, “Go see again in context.”)

Seems like countering ridiculous S&P ratings is a full-time job in itself. If you ever thought Disney content was incredibly sanitized, well, now you know why.

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