White Woman's Instagram -- Bo Burnham (from "Inside" -- ALBUM OUT NOW)
By - mattjawad
This video leaves out what I think is the most important part of the sketch. After the song is over, we cut to Bo sitting in a dark room, the only light coming from the computer illuminating his face as he is watching this video. Bo Burnham does an incredible job of parodying internet culture & millennials throughout this special but he never forgets that he is one of them too. Despite all the mockery that he does, he’s spent the last year cooped up inside like the rest of us, and it’s been hard. Inside does such a good job of juxtaposing funny takes on modern trends with the fallout of the pandemic with regard to mental health.
Everybody should watch his special, and there is no better time than now.
I loved how meta that part was. I'm not sure if it was intentional, but in the corner of the dark room he has a whiteboard with the special's storyboard (his work), but there he is, wasting his time looking at a white woman's instagram. Kind of seems like a meta joke about people putting off their work to mindlessly browse social media. Seems pretty fitting given the theme of the special
I thought it was like he is making fun of someone perfecting their online persona and then flashes to him doing the same thing but in a different medium
That’s kinda how I interpreted it too. But I think it could be both.
> I'm not sure if it was intentional
He came up with the idea, set it up, filmed himself, put it into the edit, then distributed it on netflix for money, and you're not sure if it was intentional?
Give him some credit, geez.
Agreed, considering how tightly choreographed his stage shows are, I’m certain that every single thing in this special was intentional.
Love that genuine moment where the screen broadens and he talks about the tribute to the mom. Bo is so good at blending edginess with heart. Helps make his comedy have bite without just shitting on people.
I've listened to this a few times and that part has genuinely started to hit me harder each time. The way he peels back the layers on the facade is so well done. And then the final gut punch with "Your little girl didn't do too bad, Mom I love you give a hug and kiss to Dad"
And then the juxtaposition right back into the banal with "goat cheese salad"!
That's the real punchline of that entire bit, the scrolling through an Instagram and seeing stuff like that follow one another by like barely hours in some cases, the rapid mood swinging between sorrowful regret and "look at this goat cheese salad" is just jarring and so very unself-aware.
It basically pokes fun at the undiagnosed mental anguish these Insta users continually mask by tending to the fantasy image they present on the internet to extremely obsessive levels but can't help displaying for the world to see for sympathy likes.
Pretty much all vanity is rooted in insecurity, especially the false courage people get when they start to get "followers", which really means anything from people who like the shit you buy because you buy it exclusively to post on Insta, or horny dudes. Or horny chicks.
Anyway yeah people be all kinds of fucked up and have no idea why. It's a problem.
It’s funny though that that IS how life is when you’re going through something like that, too. When I was grieving my dad I’d be on the edge of sorrow and then suddenly enjoying some tasty food. Then I’d been suffering intrusive recollections of his illness and the next moment laughing at a funny car commercial or something. It’s such a jarring experience to live through and it’s funny to see it laid out so explicitly in someone’s social media feed. But it definitely mirrors what’s actually going on on the inside too.
My SILs mum just passed a few weeks ago and I was telling her about how weird it is at first especially. When your just kind of running on adrenaline and nervous energy, and one minute your laughing and smiling and ordering a coffee, and the next your sobbing hysterically and don’t know how you’ll get through the day.
Interesting! I got a really different message out of the song.
For me, it seems like the first part is just directly parodying the banal, derivative, empty insta posts we’re all used to. Basically a funny version of the same criticism we’ve all heard about social media ad nauseam. Then of course when the mom post comes up, the veil is pulled back and you see that these posts are actually being made by a real person with a sad and complicated story, contrasting the content you see. Then, in the final part, it made me feel a special appreciation for the posts because they’re expressing joy and pride from a real person who’s lived through some really dark stuff.
It’s like twisting the criticism on its head: why do you feel like you as a follower care how basic this woman is? She’s posting them for her. She’s actively cataloguing the things in her life that she’s proud of and that make her happy, basic or not, and that’s okay. She’s not just a punchline.
My wife’s best friend is 100% exactly like the person described in the song. Seriously to the T.
I listened to the first part and couldn’t fucking wait to send it to her, then I got to the part about the mom. My wife’s friend’s mom died a few years ago and just last week she made a really long post on social media about her. Once again exactly like in the song.
Ultimately I realized it might hit a little too close to home and decided against sending it to her. Whew.
You have two people who responded telling you to send it to her anyways and I'm replying to let you know that's a terrible idea.
I second this.
I second this second
Same, I had the url copied and then that part hit and I thought she can find this on her own when the stars align.
Not sure she'll take it the way I intend it.
Please don’t listen to the people here responding that you should send this.
As someone who lost a parent myself, getting this out of the blue would hit very badly.
I was rolling that portion of the song around in my mind for a bit after I heard it and trying to contextualize it. Juxtaposed against the lightly critical tone of the rest of the song, the genuine moment initially struck me as a bit cruel. Part of me thinks that might actually be the intended effect—that we might scoff at the aesthetic trappings of a “basic” white woman’s instagram, but when we do that we really are just writing off someone who is, at the end of the day, a real person with genuine pains just trying to be happy. So, when that part of the song feels cruel, it’s a guilty feeling that makes you reconsider your disposition towards these people.
Yeah exactly, they're real people too. God he's so good at that shit.
I know a piece of art is good for me when I'm thinking about it a lot after seeing it, and this special, and that moment of this song was one of them
I took it to first be--and kind of always be--slightly mocking. Throwing your deepest pain onto the shallow plane of social media for likes and hearts, seeking to turn the pain into validation.
Consider these lyrics in "Welcome to the Internet" :
'Unstoppable, watchable--your time is now, **your inside's out**, honey how you grew.'
So I think to some degree, Bo is mocking this. AND talking about how that's probably not how grief should be processed. WHILE ALSO demanding us to recognize someone doing such things *is doing so because of pain*.
I think the mockery is less at the individual, but a culture that rewards such a thing with a superficial 'heart' button and a human condition that would find that as any kind of reward.
Yes! I think the last bit is the most important.
In the lie-down comedy just after Bezos I, he says" Maybe the flattening of the entire subjective human experience into a lifeless exchange of value that benefits nobody, except for a handful of bug-eyed salamanders in Silicon Valley" was a bad idea.
People have this pain, they need to express it, but we've removed the ways that humans need to process it. We've forced everything that we are as people into digital content to be interacted with. Did you go on vacation if there are no pictures? Did you really have that heartfelt reunion if it wasn't recorded? Was your child actually happy and healthy? Were they happier and healthier than the children of your friends and family? Do you care more about the genocide than the heartless prick that can't be bothered? Did you really love your mom, have a good relationship?
Agreed. Bo hates that everything has to go in social media. It’s so prevalent that you’re the weird and creepy one if you choose not to be on it.
But also consider how the frame widens to draw in more perspective. It is not the square Instagram ratio, but the cinematic one. So while your analysis is one valid interpretation, it could also be interpreted that that section was not on Instagram, but rather a look into the life of someone who seeks validation on Instagram due to the pain of their personal life. Then once the frame shrinks back to the Instagram ratio, it becomes shallow and superficial again.
I think this is the ‘correct’ take.
Bo is pulling back the curtain to show that these models are real, hurt people who might have a genuine, touching reason that make them post pictures the way they do.
It reminded me of a David Foster Wallace speech where he talks about how people can make the assumption that a Hummer driver enjoys the attention he gets from having a huge car. Or, maybe she is a mother of 3 who was so badly injured in a car accident she doesn’t feel safe driving her kids to soccer practice in anything less.
The speech was quintessential Instagram though. I think the change in ratio symbolizes how IG gives you a tiny curated fictional picture into the person's life, but these moments allow you to actually see to the person behind it. Even if the moment is as controlled as everything so far has been as well, it is still a vulnerable insight.
Thing is the Instagram square falls away during that segment and goes full screen...that felt, to me, like he was giving depth to people we judge as shallow for what they post. The singing to mom bit was the only part that felt truly genuine juxtaposed against all the fake crap he sings about in the Instagram square screen.
>Juxtaposed against the lightly critical tone of the rest of the song
Agree with everything except this.
*Is* it critical? Bo's songs generally follow the same basic structure; Funny and ironic first half, mid song turnaround that makes you reconsider the first half of the song, last half of song that is a parody of the first half exposed in a new light.
I don't think he's being critical. At least not of the subject of the song - white women. He's being critical of the people who judge them for just partaking in the things they enjoy.
Absolutely. I think this song is supposed to show sincere heart at the mid point. If it were just making fun of white women's instagrams with no subtext, that's low hanging fruit and been done to death already
My partner loves the song specifically because she likes/has done the tropes he makes fun of. It’s definitely teasing, but not in a mean-spirited way.
I think his songs always tend to be both at once. The “Is this heaven?” line seems critical to some extent; all these picture perfect things are just fake staged photos.
Even the “heartfelt” moment at the end seemed both critical and sympathetic. Showing that these people he’s poking fun at have problems and feelings like anyone else, but how seemingly ridiculous it is to have something like that juxtaposed with a fancy bowl of oatmeal or whatever.
I think it is lightly critical, especially the parts about incredibly derivative political streetart and dreamcatchers from urban outfitters.
Yeah it broadens out when talking about the mom but then narrows again as the person talks about themselves (their bf and job etc.)
There's a lot of symbolism embedded in the entire special. Really great stuff
I sort of interpret that broadening effect as her being able to frame her life how she wants to people on the outside when its the square aspect ratio. And then when she starts talking about her mom she is revealing more about her life we wouldnt normally see and thus the frame broadens
Oh, great interpretation! I think overall it's a testament to Bo's broader humanism; even though white women on insta are an easy pop culture target, he still double down on their humanity. Sure he's taking potshots but he specifically goes out of his way to show that it's a perfectly lovely human being with a life and joys and sorrows behind the insta, and like even if it's easy to make fun of, she's still a human
Indeed. That's exactly how I felt watching it.. and I get slightly misty at that part. It's pretty brilliant.
As she is genuinely relating and being human. The whole point of the special has been how we cast ourselves is always a fake moniker of who we actually are. Someone described it to me as everyone is wearing masks, and they are prettified and built to never show how broken we are underneath.
That real human connection is created by empathy, and how we relate to one another through shared experiences. Showing people that we are human might be better than the commodified selfish talk.
Again this just my POV. People can interpret it differently. Bo has a fantastic scoring and has really helped with my depression. So many interpretations can be made, but it is genuine art and very human.
Like how many of us obsess over points and karma scores? Without even realizing it we have commodified our opinions to a number? Its just a number but we prescribe our own personal statue to that number. How many of us hide our problems from people when we should discuss them openly and support others? That genuine emotion we see with bo is the most human moment of the film
The fucking intermission was so tragically brilliant I switch between laughing and deep depression when I think about it. Really just sublime and left me in awe.
This comment made me go back and actually give the whole thing a chance. You’re right, that makes this more interesting.
As someone who lost his mom a little over 10 years ago, that part caught me completely off guard.
This was a specific artistic choice that Bo made.
He shoots the entire video for White Woman's Instagram in ~~4:3~~ 1:1 aspect ratio like Instagram. But for that one part he opens it up to full 16:9 widescreen, basically how "real life" is currently viewed.
He chose this as a way to represent what this girls feelings really are, he true self and not what you see on Instagram. The loss of her mother, how much it actually has affected her and how her mom missing key moments in her life (new job, new boyfriend) is weighing on her. It's the only true, genuine moment of the song. Something that we don't see on Instagram, genuininity.
Then the frame slowly closes back in as we move back to the verse with full 4:3 aspect ratio again as we go back to seeing the world from the point of view of the girls IG posts and how "perfect" and "polished" everything is.
Bo is a fucking genius for pulling it off so smoothly.
Bo made me tear up... and went right back into it again.
God I love him. <3
The cinematography of the whole special is fantastic when you consider he did (*anything and everything all of the time*) by himself.
The last part of "30" when he had the 3 silhouette back up singers and the introduction of them was magical
All the lighting was far better than it had any right to be, but there were two standout moments. The silhouette backup-singers were one, and the other is that moment at the very beginning with the headlamp and disco ball. That’s the moment when you realize just how high the production value is on this thing.
>That’s the moment when you realize just how high the production value is on this thing.
When $20 of amazon purchases interact. It really does show the amount of creativity that is at play. It works visually and metaphorically in the song.
That was my: *"oh shit, this gonna be good"* moment
I mean, probably not from Amazon because, you know, Jeffrey...
Hey, my man is a hungry hungry hypocrite.
That part about people not being used to you being born in 1990 hit me so hard.
"yeah i was born in 1990, i know, yeah"
The sock puppet was golden.
How he timed the reaction to the reaction to the reaction video breaks my brain.
That piece was such a magnificent way to portray intrusive delusional thoughts and self doubt. One of my favorites
You're not alone. After the second time we watched it, my wife said "That's my constant internal dialog."
It was so accurate. I couldn't hold it together laughing it hit me so hard. As soon as it stopped, I was like, damn.... That's hits home, again.
Reminded me of the [Strange Loop](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strange_loop) consciousness theory.
Thanks for posting this! GEB is one of my favorite books so I love seeing Hoffstadter getting exposure(:
Ok, and i guess now I'll cry again (shrug)
One of my favorite bits! It becomes a bit easier when you think of it as a single take. Presumably he wrote multiple sections of dialogue around the same length, and then just said one after the other in a single recording session. Additionally, he could have made a placeholder video to help with the timing and watched it as he recorded.
Logically it makes sense. I would have a timer running on the screen and know you need to start the script for loop 1 at :30, loop 2 at :60, etc. Getting the, script and timing nailed down perfectly would be so tedious.
As a musician who incorporates looping into my songwriting, I can toss in that once you do something enough times, it can become rather seamless. Don’t confuse the outcome with the process.
I really like this song...the song sucks
It was also pretty cool that it’s a reference to one of his favorite comedians Hans Teeuwan who did similar bit and Bo’s said was one f his favorite comedians.
It's inspired on a talkshow he was on, with some other comedians. He explained a routine from one of his favorite comedians (Hans Teeuwen, a Dutch comedian that has also done shows in English)
Bo: describes how Hans used a black sock as sock puppet in his show
Other comedian: "see, I already don't like it"
Bo's quick comback: "alright fine, it's a white sock"
I didn't like Bo until that moment.
Marc Maron was the other comedian who “already didn’t like it” for anyone wondering
I'm about Marc Maron's age and I really didn't like Bo at first. I just didn't get the appeal. He's growing on me though.
I rewatched his first(?) special Words, Words, Words last night, and he has grown as a performer an insane amount since then in almost every aspect. I think a bit of his comedy at first was definitely "how shocking can I make this" but he still had the same type of social commentary, just not quite as refined as it is in Inside. I honestly believe this one is going to be considered one of the greatest things to come out the pandemic, if not the entire decade
The latter half of Make Happy is where he really hits his stride I think. Honestly I find it incredible that the same person who was doing (albeit light) shock piano comedy in early-mid youtube became the person who produced this.
Poor Socko sitting in the dark dimension between realities all by himself. ☹
Omg I was crying when the puppet started... That was so hilarious
Based and sockopilled
...funny, I don't remember writing this comment, but there it is, clearly describing my life
Too much weed, lardarse.
Ouch. I mean you're 100% right, but ouch though
I am really looking forward to somehow losing those lockdown kgs again. Feel it won't be as easy as it was to put them on...
"Did you develop anything over during lockdown?"
"Yeah, a crippling addiction to edibles"
"No, I mean hobbies"
"Oh. I learned how to make edibles"
Two of the few names in the credits of this special are [Andrew Wehde](https://m.imdb.com/name/nm4541029/) and [Marc Janowitz](https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5257195/). These two are a "special thanks" in the credits, but Wehde is the Cinematographer and Janowitz is the Lighting Designer that did Bo's special "Make Happy", where Bo really started playing with extreme theatrical lighting and using lighting as part of the performance.
Bo likely set everything up himself, but consulted with Wehde and Janowitz on techniques and technical aspects to visually achieve what was in his head. Bo is one talented mofo, but he also works with very talented people.
One of his credits posted in another submission. They said that Bo did like 95% of literally everything by himself, and that everyone in the credits merely topped things off after it was all done.
My impression from the contribution of those in the credits are that they just buffed the entire thing to give it a little more shine. Maybe Bo did consult with them during the process for some tips, but maybe he did the entire thing himself and only got help for some finishing touches. I mean, Bo certainly had the time to figure everything out for himself, considering it took around or over a year to do.
That said, I wouldn't be surprised if it was more collaborative than my impression is. I'm curious to exactly what all Bo got help with. If someone can find the comments by one of those guys in the credits, then maybe they can refresh my memory on what exactly he said their contribution was and what all Bo did by himself.
As a Cinematographer, even if I spoke with an artist like this about more than half the setups in the special, I would never claim a Cinematography credit for giving technical help over video chat. We won't know how much consultation there actually was until we hear directly from one of those three.
Honestly this song along had probably more sets than the rest of the special together. Can you imagine setting up every one of those scenes?
> The cinematography of the whole special is fantastic when you consider he did (anything and everything all of the time) by himself.
I really hate how this was said and is being spread. First: 100% amazing the work that he did. The physical camera work, the writing, the lighting, the editing: all Bo, which is mind-blowingly good.
But in this video in particular, two key roles NOT done by Bo take this to an incredible level. First is the sound work of Joel Dougherty and Scott Oyster for re-recording mixer and mix stage engineering work. A big part of why this sounds so good, beyond the good work Bo does, is the result of their work.
Second, and absolutely critical here, is the work of the colorist [Alex Jimenez](https://www.colorcollective.com/jimenez). The reason the colors look so amazing in this video (and the show in general) is because of their work. Yes, Bo captured great footage, but without the colorist this would not look so amazing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IYa6272O3I for a brief introduction of their work [edit: *their = colorist's work in general], and it's why (usually) bloopers/outtakes of a scene look like shit compared to what you see on screen. Same thing for Bo, and particularly this song where the color is so essential.
So yes, Bo did amazing work, and (say) 90% of what you see is solely the result of his work. I'm a huge fan, and have been for a long time. But he didn't do 100% of everything all by himself. What you're seeing on the screen is amazing because of the combined contributions of many people - and that's a good thing, and they deserve credit for what they've added.
[2nd edit to link to Alex Jimenez's portfolio]
And the Colouring is the first time I've ever went "wow. The colour in this is amazing".
Never noticed it in anything else before
A misattribution happened, if not more so with the TRON soundtrack. Most of the actual orchestration (you know the strings and brass etc) that made it sound so epic, was done by Joseph Trapanese. From what I’ve heard behind the scenes, Daft Punk didn’t have the first clue about scoring for orchestra (Is it surprising really that French House producers known for sampling and synths didn’t know the register of an oboe?) But if you read fan reviews, you’d think Daft Punk were the next coming of Beethoven, when maybe half of what you’re hearing is other people’s work. That said, I agree Bo did the majority of this.
Yeah I do think Bo makes a smaller claim than what many are attributing to him. He never said he did this on his own, he correctly claims: "written, edited, shot and directed by bo burnham". That's not "anything and everything all of the time by bo burnham". But I think it's inevitable that how he phrased it is going to get turned into 'he did the whole thing by himself.'
No, no he didn't - and I don't think he'd say he did.
I think it's basically people not knowing the other things besides writing, editing, shooting, and directing that go into a production. He's not trying to claim that he did literally everything, but most people don't really understand those other things, so they assume that he did literally do everything.
YOU DID IT!!!
BORN IN 1964
Amateurs can fuckin suck it. Fuck their wives, drink their blood.
I prefer the despair in his voice when he randomly appears in a ghillie suit to lament the Bezos.
That cut is one of the best pieces of absurdist comedy. It was so unexpected.
God yeah, that had me in tears. Timing was perfect.
i don't know why, but the way he says it just cracks me up every time
Come on Jeffery
You can do it
Pave the way
Put your back into it
fuck their wives, drink their blood
Come on Jeff, get em!
*absolutely unnecessarily face-melting keytar solo*
BENENENE BENENENENE NENENENENENEH*
I laughed for a good thirty seconds straight after that song. As someone who lives in Seattle, it was a much needed moment of catharsis.
COME ON JEFF, GET EM!
Come on, Jeff, get 'em!
DRINK THEIR BLOOD
ZUCKERBERG, GATES AND WARREN BUFFETT, AMATEURS CAN FUCKIN SUCK IT
One of my favorite songs for sure. Just the snarky tone he takes and the absurdity of it, so good
I hear so many people talking about this special as if it perfectly represents pandemic life, and I get it, but I think they are missing the main point - which is that isolation is not specific to the pandemic and it’s becoming a growing problem. Bo was a very isolated kid, and because of his issues with anxiety, he purposefully isolated himself even before the pandemic hit. It’s something that I and many other people in my generation identify deeply with and have experienced for a very long time.
I think that's why he left out any specific reference to the pandemic. Being 'inside' can be about a lot more than just life in a pandemic
Exactly otherwise he'd have called it quarantine or lockdown or something else covid related. He called it inside because if you spend too much time inside this is what happens.
"Fly you fools" - Martin Luther King Jr.
I'm soo looking forward to the release of all eyes on me / hands up. Can't get that damn song out of my head
Edit: thanks to everyone who pointed out the album was on Spotify already. Here it is:
I want to inject this song and video into my blood stream. That's how good it is.
That song hits me different. I’ve watched just that part on Netflix like 10 times. It’s so raw and emotional and genuinely a fucking banger
“You say the oceans rising like I give a shit. You say the whole world’s ending, honey it already did.
You’re not going to stop it, heavens knows you’ve tried. Got it? Good. Now get inside.”
That hits hard!!
Been singing that on repeat since I heard it
Made me cry, along with the line in Goodbye about looking for a reason to stay inside when the world goes back to normal. Talk about hitting a raw nerve, damn.
In the description of the YT video there's a link to the full album on basically every music streaming platform. All Eyes on Me is on there if you don't need the video.
Are you feeling nervous? Are you having fun?
It's almost over, it's just begun
Don't overthink this, look in my eye, don't be scared, don't be shy, come on in, the water's fine
I really can't explain how much this entire special resonated with me. Like from the beginning to the last note.
I watched it, with great anticipation as I am a fan of his earlier work, and afterwards thought "Wow, that was really, ***really*** good". But, I haven't been able to stop thinking about it for the past week. I've watched it maybe 10 times so far.
I can't think of anything else that has hit me in this way before-- which sounds corny and pretentious as fuck-- but I can't explain it. It feels like he made this special for me, with myself as an uncredited amnesiac co-writer.
All I can do, is whole heartedly recommend this to ANY and EVERY one.
It's a masterpiece in the most literal sense. It's overwhelmingly beautiful.
This exactly. Every part of it from top to bottom *is so well done* and he did it all himself. Even if you don't find the content relatable or don't like his humor, you have to recognize the the artistic consideration, intellectual insight, emotional depth and vulnerability, and practical skill that went into every part of this special. In my mind this work elevates Bo Burnham to being like George Carlin, one of those people who is really more of a philosopher and truth-teller who uses comedy as a medium for communication.
Since "what" came out, I've been describing Bo as the love child of George Carlin and Weird Al, and "Inside" seals the deal. That blend of really digging in and playing with language while holding up a mirror to society, but doing it with parody pop songs.
I've been super hesitant to compare him to Carlin, even though that was the first thing that came to mind after watching the special.
But, I can't think of another comedian that his this biting of a commentary that rarely misses the mark like Bo tho.
Glad I scrolled down far enough to see your comment before typing out mine. You hit the nail on the head and I feel the exact way. I’ve seen it about 5 times now and it just get better. Throughout the day I’m singing lines from all the songs in this special. I hope you are doing ok as well!
Whole special is fantastic. Great one-man-show. Cinematography was stunning.
He's not for everyone though, but as someone who turned 30 last year, I seem to be the demographic!
I turned 30, 5 years ago….
He captures the demographic up to me at least.
39 here, and probably at the upper limits but it was completely relatable and excellent.
That’s what I was thinking (how far does he reach). I think “white girls instagram” goes up to 40 at least.
44 and love him. Also am a white girl and even though I’m too old to be the subject of the song, I still have eyes and an Instagram account so I appreciate it!
69 where am I
Bro you need to be more worried about Penny
It’s not Penny’s boat tho
See you on the other side, brothah
I turned 30 20 years ago & love his work
In a couple of years, when the next generation asks how the pandemic was, we can just point to his special. I don't know how, but it captured the feelings so incredibly well.
Edit: thanks to all the great comments. I should clarify that his experience resembled mine a lot, since I worked from home and barely left the house all year.
I have mad respect for everyone who still went out there and made life possible for the rest of us!
His song “Shit” sums up my experience way too accurately
Feeling like a saggy massive sack a' shit ^^oh ^^shit
"Big ol' motherfucking duffle bag of shit" is a wonderful sentence to say aloud.
That specific line has been rolling around in my head for days, it's so strangely perfect
Same. That and the song “I’m turning 30” was way too damn relatable but one hell of a great song.
Something surreal about watching as someone's 20's, one of the most dynamic age brackets people *generally* have, end. In silence, next to a clock, in a dark room, devoid of fanfare, also how he started his 30's. Would love to see if he marks the transition to 40 for contrast.
Well according to Bo, it sounds like its gonna be a ***blast!***
That funny feeling… god. It’s a flawless portrait of the cocktail of emotions experienced in response to the crucible of 2020. Just so effectively and beautifully captured it.
I balled my eyes out when he said:
The unapparent summer air in early fall
The quiet comprehending of the ending of it all
I love that line because the summer air in early fall... You always feel this sense of 'this is the end of a phase of my life, and it was a good summer' ... It's so brilliant.
But you can also interpret that line separately from the previous line, and get way darker. That quiet realization that everyone you know and love will someday die, and that you will die as well. Sometimes it's a blissed out, psychedelic feeling. Sometimes it's existential and sad. Sometimes it's empty. It's just a funny feeling.
And then the uplifting outro. Like the end of a bad trip. You're coming out of it. You're going to be OK.
Magical song. It definitely hit me the hardest emotionally.
There's even another way to take it, that the warm summer air is what you're starting to feel in, what is supposed to be, fall.
It fits in well with the possible climate change and apocalyptic messages that are also there.
*The whole world at your fingertips, the ocean at your door.*
*Twenty thousand years of this, seven more to go.*
*Hey, what can you say, we were overdue. But it'll be over soon, just wait.*
Exactly how I interpreted it
Wow I absolutely did not interpret it that way - to me, the "ending of it all" refers to the end of civilization... the song seemed to be about climate change and the bizareness of modern life continuing anyway (until it doesn't).
Gotta watch again! Amazing that there are so many ways to view it
Wait so is the dad dead too!?
Yep. Song is about a girl orphaned at 17, likes to use instagram and creates the most basic and overused content, however she also uses it to post about her mom who she lost 10 years prior. Its up to us to decide whether shes doing it for the likes or whether its a true heartfelt moment. Bo expands the camera from an instagram like view to fullscreen during this verse. Maybe to indicate theres more to see here than basic instagram bullshit. At least thats what i get from the song. I love this special and its had a bit of an effect on me.
Completely agree but I think he’s also kind of making a point to his audience about the things we sometimes laugh at. It’s easy to forget that despite the fake Instagrams there’s real people with real problems behind them.
This is why I think it's a fantastic song, it's satirical without being cruel.
The message is that these people who are presenting a completely fake version of themselves are nonetheless real people underneath it all, and it makes you think about the effect it must be having on their health to culture such a fake narrative.
This is exactly the take I had.
I think it's meant to illustrate that no matter how basic a person might appear to be that doesn't remove their humanity or lived human experience. No matter how shallow and unexamined a persons life might appear on the surface they are still a deep ocean of authentic emotions and moments.
And if you look on the sides of the screen her life isn’t as perfect as she paints it to be in her other pics. Slightly messy and not as put together.
Yup, intentional and perfectly done. Good catch.
The best part is the scene after this when he’s intensely watching the video in the corner of a dark room. I lost it after that.
A goat cheese salaaaaaad
*(goat cheese saaaalaaaad!)*
A back lit hammockkkkkkk
(Back lit hammockkkkkk)
A simple glass of wineee
Latte foam 🎨🎉❤️🎉
Fuzzy Comfy Sox 🧦
Some of his pictures actually look great. No Live Love Laugh reference though but maybe that's too easy.
I think the pillow takes care of that.
His "May contain wine" shirt was just as golden imo
He mentions “three little words” near the end- that might be it
"three little words" has referred to "I Love You" for about the last 100 years.
I love the discussion that the part about the mom and dad has brought up.
I definitely interpreted it as juxtaposing the sincere emotions and vulnerabilities in that people reveal in social media with the banal cliche images. I find it fascinating that people here interpret the sharing of deep emotional pain on social media as *itself* banal, since they're doing it "for the likes" (which is also interesting, since likes on social media are a form of social connection, trivial as they are).
It makes me think about recontextualizing all the *other* banal things. Is it really wrong to post a photo of comfy fuzzy socks? Can people have a real love of comfy socks, even though it's a cliche photo?
Everyone in this thread keeps saying the rest of the posts except for the one about her mom are “fake”, but why are fuzzy socks, peace sign oatmeal and goat cheese salads fake? Not everyone is hiding some deep depression behind a dreamcatcher photo. I thought it put the “haha basic white girl” concept on its head.
Whole special captures anxiety/depression well. Gets better as it goes on.
Too well. Kinda cut a bit close sometimes. He's not exactly *my* cup o' tea, but he's a pretty brilliant writer.
As someone in a similar place as him in the special, it was a cathartic watch.
It felt kind of nice to see someone who feels like me make something so great.
I went through shit entirely aside from the pandemic last year, there was something about his interpretation of grasping at sanity while making weird suicide "jokes" that I really, really appreciated in a very complicated way.
>It felt kind of nice to see someone who feels like me make something so great.
I think that maybe nails it.
The mixture of embarrassment and horror that crossed my girlfriend's face as this more and more accurately portrayed her Instagram was hilarious haha.
Holy... The mom bit legit made me bawl. I lost my dad March 2020 after not speaking for 2 years. I got a call from his number one morning and I happily answered “how’s it going old man?!”. I was going to talk to him about the impending pandemic and excited to tell him the offer I put on a house was accepted and I was going to be a homeowner. But it wasn’t my dad, it was his brother crying saying “your daddy’s gone son”. He was only 65. I haven’t cried about it until now. Jesus.
Edit: ironically my dad went by “Bo”
The mom part is such a heartwarming bit.
This person, that we've been laughing at, that the song has broken down into a caricature of basicness, turns out to be, and has always been, a human being worthy of empathy and dignity.
Feeling like shit is my favorite song
Official title is now "Shit" per Spotify.
*Are you feelin' what I'm feeling?*
*I haven't had a shower in the past nine days.*
Woke up 1130 feeling like a bag of shit
Great special. Come for the jokes. Leave with cripplingly derealization
Inside was an absolute masterpiece, I couldn’t stop watching and I was torn when it was over.
For anyone who hasn't watched his special yet, it is something else. Even for Bo.
I've seen his mucic on reddit the last couple weeks, and as expected they're amazing. But the special, man. Some of it I'd like to think was semi scripted, just because I hope he wasn't actually going through all that, but Bo being Bo just made me feel like I was watching the documentary of a struggling man with so much weight on his shoulders. In such a real, genuine, beautifully tragic way.
Which is exactly in line with every other special he's done live, but this is just a different beast.
Bo is hard to work out sometimes. For instance, he has said in numerous interviews that the main hook of Can't Handle This was his anxiety of performing the song, but the lyrics and attitude from him doesn't fit that.
He openly states that all comedians lie though, so we've got that from him.
“Art is a lie, nothing is real” at least I hope.
>was his anxiety of performing the song, but the lyrics and attitude from him doesn’t fit that
Bo is a theatre kid. Full stop. Run backstage, puke from anxiety, then run back out and put on the performance of a lifetime. Those who have anxiety/stage fright are simultaneously burdened and fueled by it, but they can’t just *not perform*, so working through it and working with it it is!
> I'd like to think was semi scripted,
Not "semi", the entire thing is scripted. If you listen to [interviews](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivvRcVgpwuw) with him, it's even more obvious. Every frame, every edit, every musical cue, everything is pre-planned, rehearsed, then assembled into a package. There aren't any "raw, vulnerable" moments caught on camera. It's a "performance" of raw, vulnerable moments. If the camera is on, he's performing.
And this is telegraphed by the opening shots. Checking the camera, checking the lights, checking the lights, checking the camera, checking the camera, checking the lights...
Art is a lie, nothing is real.
To add, while all of the footage in the special is staged and a performance it does not mean that the thoughts and pain expressed aren't really things he has dealt with during the last 18 months. Bo is using his art to explore these very real thoughts. He really did have anxiety attacks when performing Make Happy, and he really did decide to get back into comedy in January of 2020. However, he didn't actually live the whole pandemic in that small studio. He has a house, a girlfriend of 9(?) years, and a dog.
No doubt. But I think the opening shots are his way of being "honest about the dishonesty". Telling us everything we're about to see is meticulously, painstakingly choreographed to appear "natural".
ITT: people who simply don't understand how artists actually work. Once you're past the ideas stage, it's a lot more objective work than it is subjective or feeling.
Great link. Hadn't seen that before. The man's wired differently. So good.
ooof. an emotional roller coaster with those dead mom lyrics.
ya its tough when facing such things as mortality and being alone - But, as a wise man once said:
“Not all those who wander are lost.” — Martin Luther King
“What’s taters, precious?” — Nelson Mandela
I wish some of these song were longer - specifically bezos I and II