Jerry Seinfeld apologizes for explicit content in the Bee Movie
Famous comedian Jerry Seinfeld has finally apologized for the Bee Movie. The 2007 animated movie was supposed to have a target audience of children. In it, Seinfeld voiced the lead role of the bee. Although the movie was not a financial success, it became an internet sensation for some entirely different reasons – It hinted towards a romantic relationship between a bee and a human! It was Seinfeld’s bee character Barry B. Benson and Renée Zellweger’s human character Vanessa Bloome. Although the movie never actually depicts it, it was quite ambiguous and that didn’t seem appropriate for a kid’s movie.
Jerry Seinfeld is not the only one from the Bee Movie who thought there was some romance involved between Barry and Vanessa
For years, Bee Movie director Steve Hickner has maintained that there was no romantic relationship or tension between Barry and Vanessa. However, the writers think that there was some ambiguity, as co-writer Spike Feresten said they were told to write the characters thinking of that as humans and not any other species. He told The New Statesman:
They would just be Barry and Vanessa, and we would write this dialogue for Barry and Vanessa, and read it over and have to remind ourselves, well, this is a tiny bee saying this, and the tiny bee is fighting with her boyfriend, so let’s dial it back to friend, and make it less romantic, because it’s getting weird… It was purely this friendship… maybe in Barry’s mind he thought… but it was never going to be that.
The writer also added that people were either “entertained or repulsed” by the Bee Movie. And now, it seems like Jerry Seinfeld also agrees with the euphemism. In an appearance on The Tonight Show with Stephen Colbert, Seinfeld apologized for that confusion. He said:
I apologize for what seems to be a certain uncomfortable subtle sexual aspect of ‘The Bee Movie,’ which really was not intentional. But after it came out, I realized, ‘This is really not appropriate for children.’ Because the bee seems to have a thing for the girl. We don’t really want to pursue that as an idea in children’s entertainment.
Jerry Seinfeld is no stranger to inappropriate relationships. The Bee Movie only managed to earn DreamWorks $300 million at the box office. It also missed out on any Oscar Nominations. However, it did get recognization at the Golden Globes, by receiving a Best Animated Feature nomination.