Adding onto it further, as someone who crossdresses from time to time and is shy about telling it to people, I can totally relate to Carver’s reluctance in wanting to fully embrace it and reveal it to his friends who already know. When I found friends who accepted it as a part of me it felt great! And I’m glad The Weekenders shows that kind of accepting camaraderie among friends. I could go on but that is another of the many ways the show is so relatable.
I think it’s great that you found friends who accepted it as part of you - this is what friends are for, after all! - and that you feel comfortable doing something that makes you happy. Carver’s reluctance is understandable - he’s portrayed as a character who really cares about people’s judgment and wants to be accepted. The Weekenders was that type of show where everything was handled naturally, and because they never made ‘a big deal out of it’, the result felt more genuine. Even the background characters were drawn and acted in such a way you’d tell that they’re very different from one another: you see punk kids, people covered in tattoos, Frances ‘I like pointy things’, Tish’s hippie doppelganger and a lot of people with either weird or unusual habits, normality is subjective after all. Tino’s cousin, Philipp collected gnats and played ‘Encyclopedia’ for his own amusement. Carver had a secret shrine of coolness. The episode “My Punky Valentine” immediately comes to mind. It’s the first time Tino mentions his crush Tasha, a punk girl, who is firstly seen as weird by Tish, Carver and Lor, but then you find out that she sees them as the weird ones. It all depends on perspective. In the words of Tino’s mom, different is good and it’s what makes the world interesting and fun.
hi anon! :3 random comments on cartoons are always welcome here
i love the weekenders a lot as a show tbh and carver is super wonderful. idk it was the kind of cartoon show where like everything was taken srsly in a kind of regular way (if that makes sense) and just yeah
I agree with you both! Never once it was made fun of Carver for his passion, the hilarity came from the expressive knowing looks that Tino, Lor and Tish shared as the scenes occurred over the course of the seasons, because it was obvious that they knew about Carver’s ‘secret’. The characters were plenty of personality quirks and idiosyncrasies, that was what made them lovable. I believe that the entire series revolved almost exclusively around a quote that Lor recited in one episode (she read it off TheraPizza’s menu, awesome): “…what is normal for one person may not be normal for another. Until you accept this, you’ll never be happy”. If you think about it, literally all the advices coming from Mrs.Tonitini’s mouth mainly focused on teaching his son not to be quick on judging people, and if one of the characters happened to do it, it was always portrayed negatively and they were allowed to learn by their mistakes. Yeah, I know, technically every Disney series is supposed to teach the value of diversity and all that jazz, but I am not sure that a preachy speech at the end of the episode can be considered an indication of how good a show is at that. It’s also in the details, and how you portray the characters. This is one of the shows embraced diversity fully and put its main focus on a friendship made of very different characters who only have in common a great sense of humor, and they felt like people because they all had quirks that added to their appeal.