Diane: Ugh. Of course, the first time BoJack dates a woman his own age, she’s basically just a stunted 20-year-old.
Kelsey: Well, BoJack’s stunted, too. He got famous in his twenties, so he’ll be in his twenties forever. After you get famous, you stop growing, you don’t have to. Every celebrity has an age of stagnation.
Diane: I’m glad I never got famous. I mean, I did write a best-selling book, but I’m not famous-famous.
Kelsey: Oh, it doesn’t just happen when you get famous. Your age of stagnation is when you stop growing. For most people, it’s when they get married, settle into a routine. You meet someone who loves you unconditionally and never challenges you or wants you to change, and then you never change.
Diane: But mostly it’s just the famous people, right?“Yesterdayland” S2E2, Bojack Horseman
It’s all too easy to pass on issues as being someone else’s problem. The rich, the famous, the poor, the….insert whatever you’d like here. It’s not people like ourselves. I love that Bojack Horseman makes it explicitly clear that they let nobody off the hook.
None of us are too good or too privileged to avoid all toxic and otherwise unwanted and unhealthy behaviors. And that’s okay. Self awareness allows us to remember something very simple, but very crucial:
We’re all human.
And that, as we’re all stuck inside our homes getting on each other’s nerves, is something very important for us all to remember.
I’m sorry to not have much more for you today, but I just wanted to pass on this message.