New Season of Bojack Horseman Draws In New Viewers

“Bojack Horseman” is a widely loved Netflix series created by Raphael Bob-Waksburg and illustrated by Lisa Hanawalt. The show uses colorful animation and clever wordplay to address all sorts of controversial sociopolitical issues. It is the most sickeningly twisted animated show currently on the market and also one of the best representations of depression, trauma, addiction, self-destructive behavior and the human experience as seen on recent media.

The show takes place in an animated world where anthropomorphic animals and humans live side-by-side in a town called “Hollywoo. Bojack, a washed-up actor, is a horse who starred in a90’s show called “Horsin’ Around. He tries to regain fame through his tell-all autobiography which he hires human ghostwriter, Diane Nguyen, to write.  

“Bojack Horseman” consists on other complex character that go through many real-life struggles. Bojack Horseman (Will Arnett) is a self-loathing, pill-popping has-been who sabotages every chance he gets at being happy. Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris), a pink Persian cat, plays the workaholic, on-and-off girlfriend and agent of Bojack. Todd Chavez (Aaron Paul), Bojack’s twenty-something human slacker of a roommate who ended up at BoJack’s house for a party five years before the beginning of the series and never left. Diane Nguyen (Alison Brie) is a misunderstood intellectual and idealist, striving to share her thoughts as a third-wave feminist. Bojack also has to deal with his frenemy, cheerful and energetic golden retriever, Mr. Peanut Butter (Paul F. Tomkins).  

“Bojack Horseman” speaks to a lot of depressing topics such as drug abuse, the struggles of artistry in a profit drive industry and unhealthy coping mechanisms for personal issues. Bojack lives his life in one big, gloomy cycle. He’s ashamed of who he is, attempts to become creative or feel love— and then inevitably binges, betrays a loved one and runs away, realizing that it’s impossible to truly repair the damage. Then back to shame. Repetition is a main theme in this sitcom. “I think most people who argue for what you might call political correctness, are not actually arguing for censorship. They’re arguing for self-control and self-restraint. They’re arguing for people to be conscious of the power they have, right? And I believe that I have a lot of power, as someone making popular entertainment. I do think we have to be careful about the art we put out,” Raphael Bob-Waksberg said in a 2017 interview with VICE.

In the show, it shows that Bojack’s childhood is riddled with traumatic experiences caused by his abusive parents. Both of them expressing great disdain for his very existence. The show’s depiction of child abuse and how it affects a person long into adulthood forces the audience to think, and often makes them sympathize with the characters.

“Bojack Horseman” continues to provide heartbreaking humor with its newest season that aired on Sept. 14. Filled with dumb jokes and gloomy undertones, the show provides hours of binge-watching bliss.


Right-Wing Mob Wreaks Havoc on German City, Chemnitz

The eastern German city of Chemnitz is under major chaos. Several clashing protests broke out after a 35-year-old German man, Daniel H., was allegedly killed by Iraqi and Syrian immigrants, Yousif A. and Alaa S., whose last names were not disclosed. The fatal stabbing occurred on Sunday, Aug. 26, when an argument broke out in the street. Violent protests against immigration in Germany quickly followed after the incident.

Chemnitz has a history of Neo-Nazi protests, but usually with only a few hundred protesters. Now, a crowd of 8,000, along with thousands of ordinary citizens took to the streets. There were high tensions among citizens when thousands of protesters began chanting “Chemnitz is ours- foreigners out!” while giving Nazi salutes, which is a serious criminal offense in Germany.

Throughout the city, various altercations between counter-protesters who support immigration and far-right protesters occurred, leaving at least a dozen critically injured. There is a video showing right-wing protesters chasing a man thought to be a foreigner through the streets. With German police severely outnumbered, authorities are too scared to intervene.  

With the Iraqi and Syrian citizens being put on trial, a spotlight is on German Chancellor Angela Merkel who has welcomed migrant policies and revealed disagreements between her and top security officials. “Migration presents us with challenges and here we have problems, but also successes,” said the Chancellor.

Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer, indicated sympathy for the provoked rioters by saying, “If I were not a minister, I would have gone to the streets as a citizen.” He then added, “Naturally, not together with the radicals.”

Mistakes have been made when it comes to handling the cases of the two suspects. Due to poor communication between Germany’s migrant office and other officials, the deadline to return Iraqi immigrant Yousif S. to Bulgaria, the country responsible for his case, has passed. Seehofer has also said that there were cooperation issues between authorities in the case of Syrian, Alaa S.“Such delays and mistakes need to be prevented,” he said in a conference.

Mourning locals continue to pay their respects at makeshift memorials, but refuse to speak to the media, angered at how their town has been represented.  “It is really terrible and sad what happened in Chemnitz … in our city. I am not against foreigners or migrants,” one man said. “But I feel that I can’t leave my girlfriend and children alone to go out by themselves. I feel it’s no longer safe in our own home town,” reported CNN.

There are also many enraged civilians expressing their lack of trust for the media. They argue that they have been severely misrepresented and that the media shouldn’t just show the violence happening within the city. Ala, a Syrian immigrant, has spoken out about his fear, saying “I’m afraid because there were so many right-wing Germans in the street… I ask the German government to pass stricter laws, so this type of violence no longer happens,” reported CNN. Ala is one of many immigrants who fear for their safety within the country. As tensions continue to rise throughout Germany, government authorities do everything they can to regain peace. Officials like Merkel and Seehofer are still working to mend the flaws within migrant offices.