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what the fuck is wrong with this show
This scene right here is why I got into Adventure Time. This scene was INCREDIBLY dark, twisted, and disturbing AT FACE VALUE. It gets SO MUCH WORSE when you stop to think about it.
Finn is there because he’s tired of being called a child. He wants to grow up. He wants to be a MAN. And here come beautiful women, telling him to partake of their fruit. And Finn is going to do it, because Jake told him not too and Finn is being rebellious and decided since Jake said not to he was going to be an adult and do it anyway. So Finn starts to take this fruit to show he’s not a child anymore.
And the fruit turns out to be a terrible curse, an awful thing. The one that ate the fruit was eaten alive by the other monsters (And gifs can’t do that scene justice, if I remember it right when they start tearing the skin off the apple there are tearing sounds and the ‘apple’ starts to cry or scream and the fleshy insides quiver around the bones as its torn apart and devoured.)
And I realized they just couched a lesson about kids having sex too early to try to grow up, in ways no kid is ever going to understand, in the confines of a fantasy-setting cartoon show, on Cartoon Network.
And I’ve been hooked on this show ever since.
Actually most fantastic and inspirational advice from a female character geared towards children that I have ever seen.
Reason number #5670 why I love this show.
HOW COME A CHILDREN’S CARTOON HAS BETTER MORALS FOR A ADOLESCENT GIRL THAN EVERYTHING ELSE
I can’t believe this episode of Adventure Time, and I mean that in the best way. Can we please take a moment to appreciate the fact that this CHILDREN’S show, (which airs at Seven PM Eastern Standard Time in the US) shown on a network that is entirely and undoubtedly produced for CHILDREN, just did an entire episode filled with subtext about an actual SERIOUS issue?
Adventure Time just addressed the fact that at some point in your life, you might be faced with sexual assault, coercion, or even, as shown in the last two gifs, emotional manipulation and or abuse. And what did Adventure Time, this children’s show, have to say about it?
DON’T LET ANYONE DOMINATE YOU OR FORCE YOU TO DO SOMETHING YOU DON’T WANT TO.
Adventure Time just told its audiences: “If some big galoot is trying to have his way with you, fight back. Don’t be afraid to show him that you are strong.” And most importantly? “Be prepared for this to happen, be ready to defend yourself.”
Last time I checked in with kids cartoons they were spouting crap like “Share with your friends”, “Help your parents clean up the house!” and, my personal favorite, “Treat others as you’d like to be treated! (Unless this is a show about sexy teen girls, in which case, be super judgmental and treat everyone around you like shit because that’s what “cool” characters do in shows, even if they’re made out to be bad guys.)” But not Adventure Time, they were like “What do children need to know that is absolutely essential?” “Well, we could tell them to defend themselves if someone is forcing themselves upon them…” “Hey, yeah, sexual assault is a serious problem. Let’s do that.” I MEAN HOW MUCH MORE FUCKING AWESOME CAN THIS SHOW GET?
/end enthusiastic rant/
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