I reckon if more people understood this there would be a lot less victim blaming when it comes to rape.
okay but i’m gonna take a moment to talk about bo burnham.
i was 17 when i stumbled onto his work. (he must have been 20 or something then? maybe?)
i was a senior in highschool.
i remember being so excited because someone my age was thinking up stuff like that. i was so used to reading “great thoughts” by people who were old or dead, that i never considered that anyone even close to my age could get near it.
and yeah, a lot of that older stuff of his does look ridiculous in hindsight. but for 17 year old me listening to the songs on my ipod, catching a tertiary level of a joke upon the 15th listen, it meant so much.
and then he started playing the song “nerds” and of course that spoke to me as someone who was bullied heavily as a child.
his work has changed so much, to the point where calling it simply “comedy” doesn’t give the full picture.
there’s social commentary, and uncertainty, conflicting emotions and concerns about a world that is desperately fucked up and the whole bracket of kids just barely starting to inherit the mess.
there’s analyses of art, truth, existence. the very same topics that prompt eye rolls when commented on by anyone under 35.
i certainly have no fucking idea what to make of any of it, but neither does he and he’s still trying.
he has a voice that people will listen to and he’s trying to use it. he’s concerned about morality and empathy and consumerism and all these other things we have to navigate as burgeoning adults.
the whole point of the “repeat stuff” video (apart from the obvious damning of the marketing industry) is to be wary with what you care about and to think about the things you enjoy.
he points out his own dedicated fanbase as an example of an unhealthy, dangerous thing.
and so for me to be sitting here singing his praises is seemingly contrary to the whole idea.
but i don’t care because of who he is, i care because of what he talks about. the confusion and mistrust and uncomprehending cynicisms that weave through his work.
because he’s still a mouthpiece for a lot of things i worry about. and he’s still someone close to my age who makes me consider things in new ways, which is what i’ve appreciated about him since 2010. he’s always made pieces click together for me, and used humor to guide the process.
his work makes me laugh and it makes me think.
so i don’t care how avant guarde or surreal or inexplicable it gets.
as long as it makes me laugh and makes me think, i’ll be there to appreciate it.
and honestly, i mean, jesus it’s been 5 years and i’ve still got those dumb songs on my ipod. if i was going to change my mind about it i would have done so by now.
It means the entire print run. So every single first edition US hardcover. If you pre-order it or buy it the day it comes out, you’ll be getting a signed copy.
It was an insane amount of signing.