I’ve wanted to talk for So Long about the portrayal of anxiety in YOI but I’ve been having so much trouble putting together what I want to say in the most effective manner. I kept trying to come at this in a more analytical fashion, but considering that this is such a personally important topic to me, I’m going to try a more emotional approach. Something I don’t normally do.
So really, to start off, I wanna say that I’m so damn thankful for the way Yuuri is written. Really, seriously. I don’t think I’ve ever had the ability to relate more to character; Yuuri is close to a mirror of my own experiences with anxiety and it’s so fantastic to have a model of development and growth for me and people like me. I found the portrayal to be frighteningly accurate, from types of thoughts, behaviors, mannerisms…
I think the episode that stood out to me the most in terms of Yuuri’s anxiety was ep7, aka Yuuri’s on-screen panic attack episode.
The first thing I noticed was this:
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve found myself in that exact position. I bounce my legs when I panic, just like Yuuri is doing here. Head in his hands, breathing heavily, bouncing and jostling limbs. This isn’t the Mary-Sue cutesy portrayal of anxiety–this is a real anxiety disorder. It’s not pretty. It’s not easy. It can’t be fixed with a single word or a touch or a person. Quite frankly, it’s ugly and you lose control of your body.
My guilty pleasure is all those episodes of trashy 90′s daytime talk shows where the parents bring their alternative teens in all like “My Child Has Turned Into A Freak, Please Help Me Fix Them By Being Mean To Them On National Television”.
I like watching them on Youtube, and twice now I’ve seen them uploaded by the very former teens featured in those episodes. Take a look at what Alan Jr. (from the Ricki Lake show):
and Sunnie (from the Jenny Jones show) are looking like then vs. now:
I love that after all these years and even after being publicly humiliated by their own parents on TV they still haven’t changed & they’re still doing their thing and being rad as hell. Love these folks <3
The Bob’s Burgers Music Album comes out May 12 on Sub Pop Records!
Featuring 112 tracks from regular cast members such as Kristen Schaal, H. Jon Benjamin, and John Roberts, alongside guests including Sarah Silverman, Aziz Ansari, Bill Hader, Paul Rudd, Fred Armisen, and Zach Galifianakis. The release also includes the Bob’s Buskers series, in which St. Vincent, the National, Stephin Merritt, and more covered Bob’s Burgers songs.
The Bob’s Burgers Music Album will be released as a 2 CD set, a 3 LP regular version, and the deluxe limited-edition 3 LP gift box that will include colored vinyl, the Bob’s Buskers 7 inch, a hardbound lyric book with original Bob’s Burgers artwork, a sheet music collection, 3 original posters, and more.
Check out the full tracklist on iTunes, and watch Teddy’s unboxing video here, made by the fine folks at Bento Box!