Adventure Time Stereotypes

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Adventure Time has been nominated for various awards, including best children’s show. I believe this to be the wrong award. Adventure Time is not suitable for young children because of the copious amounts of body horror, stereotypes and recklessness. While discussing these points I will also be comparing the series to another award winning children’s show: Steven Universe. Adventure Time is full of body horror, in the episode ‘The Suitor’ Broko morphs into a mutated boy because he was ‘willing to pay the price of love’. The guardians of the Soul Stone are mauled bodies with extra arms and eyes and the proportions have been twisted. Body horror can scare and disturb younger audiences. After Broko jumps into the fire pit to retrieve the Soul…show more content…
Princess Bubblegum is obsessed with her science and experiments, but is shown to be messy and unhygienic- a stereotype that computer ‘geeks’ do not take hygiene seriously and eat only unhealthy foods, like pizza. The suitor wants her to leave the science behind and do ‘research on boys’. This can teach younger audiences, primarily girls that they should not focus on school work and science but should rather focus on boys. Girls have been throughout history told that science and math is not for their gender, this is one stereotype that Adventure Time breaks but it is shadowed by other stereotypes that they enforce. Steven Universe has a cast of strong female protagonists that break the stereotype that women are weak. They are warriors that fight and make mistakes but acknowledge their faults: a good message to young audiences. In ‘The Suitor’, the story enforces the idea that you must do deeds to earn a person’s affection This is wrong and can be damaging as men who have raped women believe that women owe them something for what they may or may not have done and by showing this in cartoons it is showing children that women will not accept men’s gifts for love and can lead to the scenario above because they have seen women as
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