Jerry Seinfeld doesn’t need to be thoughtful. At this point, his sitcom – almost 25 years dead – is still making money faster than any human could spend it. When he finished his run in 1998, he was making a million dollars per episode. He earned tens of millions more through syndication deals. And now Seinfeld has arrived on Netflix as part of a deal worth more $ 500 million. So Jerry Seinfeld doesn’t need to be thought about. He may well isolate himself from regret, using all the wads and wads of money that he has lying around the house.
But still, something clearly harassed him. Between all the hoo-hah of the Netflix deal – who, let’s not forget, saw it dressing in a giant Lego costume of himself and put hundreds of Lego bricks in her mouth for reasons that may never be fully explained – Seinfeld took the time to take stock of her past mistakes and apologize for the most glaring mistake of her life. Make a film about a bee who wanted to have sex with a human woman.
The stock of Seinfeld’s 2007 animated comedy Bee Movie has increased dramatically in the years since its release. By the time it came out it was largely ignored as madness; a toy for a bored millionaire who wastes enough to make an entire movie with what is arguably the worst pun in movie history. Contemporary critics were dismissive. But it was a children’s movie, so the kids saw it. And then these kids grew up and, in a collective epiphany, realized “Wait, was this a movie about a bee trying to have sex with a human woman?”
And now, in this punitive climate where every past transgression is called for judgment, Seinfeld understood that it was time to fix it. Yes, in Bee Movie, Jerry Seinfeld played a bee. Yes, in Bee Movie, Reneé Zellweger played a human. Yes, in Bee Movie the bee was uncomfortably excited for the human. And, at the very least, Seinfeld wants to fix this problem.
Appearing on Tonight’s show last week, Seinfeld mentioned Bee Movie in passing. And when the title received bigger-than-expected applause from audiences, it broke with its anecdote and said, “I apologize for what appears to be a certain subtle and uncomfortable sexual aspect of the movie Bee. [It] was really unintentional, but after its release I realized that it was really not suitable for children. The bee seemed to have a thing for the girl. And we don’t really want to pursue that as an idea in children’s entertainment.
Although at first it sounds like a joke, it’s true that Bee Movie has inspired some incredibly weird fans. You can buy Bee Movie phone cases called Barry Benson is HOT AF. There is an adult website that has a video called “Bee Movie trailer but every time they say bee a Japanese girl moans”. Someone wrote a Bee Movie fanfiction piece – you’re going to have to find this one yourself – about the Seinfeld Bee inserting itself into Zellweger’s human and realizing in horror that she is pregnant with a human baby.
Maybe that’s to be expected. You can’t make a movie that has jokes about bee incest, the lust that exists between bees and humans, and – if memory serves – an exciting daydream about a human igniting and dying in the dark. part of a ritual courtship display with bees, and don’t expect anything. oddity to get out of it.
But then, of course, that’s the appeal of Bee Movie. Jerry Seinfeld will always be most famous for Seinfeld, a TV sitcom that looked exactly like a TV sitcom. But the story is meant to remember him for Bee Movie, a children’s cartoon that looked like a very specific imported sex DVD. It was a daring swing, and Netflix would arguably have to pay Seinfeld an extra half a billion dollars to make a sequel. The last thing he should do is apologize.