what was the blue umbrella debacle of 2013?
Oh man it was a disaster, I won’t go into it much… but basically someone was bothered by how the red love-interest umbrella in the Pixar short ‘Blue Umbrella’ had eyelashes, and then that got reblogged by some “special snowflake hall of fame”-type blog, and then me and Sock’s voice actor were defending the OP, and then someone with a Sock URL showed up and started calling us ignorant fucktrucks and accusing us of insinuating that Disney is homophobic (which I MEAN, that wasn’t the point, but whatever), and then I pointed out that they just called the creator and voice actor of the character in their icon ignorant fucktrucks and then I think they deleted their account or something, I can’t remember. I’m sure the whole thing got re-reblogged on that special snowflake blog too, it was just… absolute clownshit insanity.
Then a few months later me and a bunch of friends were at Ottawa International Animation Festival watching a panel from the director of the fuckin’ umbrella short and we were amused to find that in the original storyboards it didn’t have eyelashes anyway.
I don’t know who ultimately decided it needed eyelashes, and I definitely don’t think it’s, like, “””THE STRAIGHT AGENDA””” or anything… I just think we’ve all seen a million heterosexual love stories and when you try and boil down a love story to it’s core elements and have umbrellas act it out, it seems cutesy to give one of them eyelashes, but when you stop and think about the fact that we compulsively do it, it’s kind of ridiculous. That’s all, haha.
Also that Bobert Raphael-Wakaflockasberg McHorseman quote was from a larger article which is a way more worthwhile read than me talking about the Blue Umbrella Debacle of 2013: