Jerry Seinfeld reflects on the “sexually uncomfortable side” of the 2007 children’s film Bee movie, and jokingly apologized.
Appearing on Tonight’s show Friday, October 1 to promote the arrival of Seinfeld on Netflix, the comedian said, “I apologize for what appears to be some subtle and uncomfortable sexual aspect of the Bee movie.
“It really wasn’t intentional, but after it came out I realized that it really wasn’t appropriate for kids. Because the bee seemed to have a thing for the girl, and we don’t really want to continue. this idea in children’s entertainment.
Bee movie stars Seinfeld as a bee called Barry B Benson who befriends and develops a crush on human florist Vanessa Bloome (voiced by Renée Zellweger).
In 2017, one of the film’s writers, Spike Feresten, noted that while people are typically “entertained or repelled” by the story, a “cross-species love affair” is not something that they wanted to sell to children.
He added, “A lot of times we would lose sight of these characters in the play. They’d just be Barry and Vanessa, and we’d write that dialogue down for Barry and Vanessa, and re-read it and have to remember, well, it’s a little bee saying that, and the little bee is fighting with her boyfriend, so let’s remind a friend of it, and make it less romantic, because it’s getting weird.
Bee movie is currently available to stream on Netflix.