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’Horsin’ Around’? #MeToo, the Sadcom, and BoJack Horseman


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Sawallisch, Nele:
’Horsin’ Around’? #MeToo, the Sadcom, and BoJack Horseman.
In: Humanities. 10 (Oktober 2021) 4: 115. - 10 S.
ISSN 2076-0787


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The animated series BoJack Horseman has garnered much critical acclaim for its mix of tragic and comic portrayals of its eponymous protagonist, washed-up actor and cynic BoJack, and his friends in the anthropomorphic Hollywoo setting. The term “sadcom” has been applied to BoJack and other series that operate on similar premises—an interesting response to larger critical investigations of the intersections of tragic and comic modes of humor that find expression, for example, in the awkward and in cringe. This article investigates how this mixture comes to bear in season 5 of the series from 2018, which deals with several topics related to the #MeToo movement. Through several formal elements as well as plotlines that lay bare superficial performances and complicitness in a sexist system, the season supports notions of authenticity and solidarity that lie the heart of sadcoms, which invites closer inspection not just of BoJack Horseman but the genre as a whole.

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Schlagwörter:BoJack Horseman; #MeToo; sadcom; awkward; cringe; humor; solidarity
Sprache des Eintrags:Englisch
Institutionen der Universität:Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät > Anglistik/Amerikanistik > Amerikanistik > Akademische Rätin / Akademischer Rat für Amerikanistik
DOI / URN / ID:10.3390/h10040115
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Eingestellt am: 01. Jan 2022 12:53
Letzte Änderung: 01. Jan 2022 12:56
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