A kissing scene in Gravity Falls broke Disney’s “coward” censors

After about six conversations about the scene, the situation developed. It became one of the rare occasions when the series creator has faced censorship. “I didn’t want to go back to my board artist and tell her I lost that fight,” Alex Hirsch explained. “I wanted to win, and I wanted to set a precedent, and I argued that little things like that could mean the world to people and that anyone who was pissed deserved to be pissed.”

Despite his efforts, the censors didn’t budge. It all boiled down to, in his words, “Change the scene or we’ll cut it out of the episode ourselves.” And so ends the story of these lovely old ladies.

That loss didn’t stop Hirsch from repeatedly pressing the censorship until something broke through. In the final episode of Gravity Falls, cops Blubs and Durland declare their love for each other. In this scene, Hirsch did not receive a single note. “I think the censors were finally less afraid of complaining to parents than they were of having to deal with how annoying I am,” Hirsch added.

Brian Ashcraft

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