The Netflix animated sitcom “Big Mouth” got itself in some deep water following an episode about pansexuality versus bisexuality.
The show, which follows 7th-grade pre-teens trying to navigate puberty, just released its third season on the streaming service and while it touches on some challenging topics, fans on Twitter pointed out that it got its facts wrong about bisexuals and transgender people.
The episode under fire introduces a new student named Ali who announces to the class that she is pansexual. When her classmates don’t understand what she means, she explains that, “Pansexual means I’m into boys, girls, and everyone in between.”
“I thought that was bisexual,” one of her classmates says.
“No, bisexuality is so binary,” Ali responds. “Being pansexual means my sexual preference isn’t limited by gender identity… It’s like, some of you borings like tacos, and some of you like burritos. And if you’re bisexual, you like tacos and burritos. But I’m saying I like tacos and burritos, and I could be into a taco that was born a burrito, or a burrito that is transitioning into a taco, comprende? And honey, anything else on the f*cking menu.”
This definition of pansexuality is not sitting well with viewers, with many pointing out that it is incorrect and biphobic.
Following the backlash, “Big Mouth” co-creator Andrew Goldberg took to Twitter to issue an apology, admitting, “We missed the mark here.”