I was thrilled to pieces when I saw this scene. Disney could have written Gideon off like some bully character who never really amounted to anything, or got what was coming to him like a lot of those characters do in their movies. Gideon made something of himself. He’s a pastry chef, something that’s not traditionally a job for men in media. And as soon as Judy speaks to him, he immediately apologizes to her. He doesn’t try to shrug it off as no big deal, or say that it was just boys being boys or whatever; he knows he hurt her, and he owns up to it. And Judy immediately forgives him.
Well done, Disney.
Also the language that he used is not something that he would have most likely grown up hearing/using. Describing his failings as self-doubt that manifested into “unchecked rage and aggression” sounds SO MUCH like therapy speak. So he’s either gotten counseling to help him with some of his problems, or sought out literature to help himself. A++ disney :)
This movie is a treasure.
Seriously??? He hurt her so badly that she has a compulsive fear of his entire species, plus other symptoms of PTSD (impulsiveness, intense need to be seen as productive/effective, trouble sleeping in new environment, paranoia). She was forced into contact with him without even asking her, in a situation where she had to fear her parents would take his side over hers, especially since she was already having self-esteem and trust issues. He falls back on the cultural myth that childhood is somehow drastically distinct from adulthood, wording his apology in such a way that if she doesn’t accept that he’s a ‘new person’ now, then she’s the jerk. If he really cared, then he would immediately remove himself from her environment after apologizing, even if she accepted it, and not place himself in her presence again without her (not her parents’) explicit invitation.
All making him a baker does is reinforce the cultural notion that feminine things are non-threatening, an idea that only has salience because we treat femininity and feminine people as weak and fragile.
What the hell is wrong with you?
Never underestimate the insane bitterness of some people on this site. Jesus Christ we can’t ever just be nice about anything.
Not only is this bitter beyond belief, it’s almost completely inaccurate. Judy was not traumatized into fearing the entire species of foxes. She explicitly told her fox racist parents that Gideon was just one fox who happened to be a jerk and she didn’t hold that against the entire species. She does has some residual inner prejudice against foxes but that’s to be expected when you’ve been raised to distrust them your entire life. She quickly overcame that prejudice and had compassion on what she thought was Nick and his child.
And you’re the only one saying that baking is automatically feminine. What the hell is wrong with a male who wants to bake? That sounds awfully sexist to me.