Bojack Horseman is a popular adult-animation Netflix original series, and is highly acclaimed by critics and viewers of all ages. In a time where Rick and Morty, Big Mouth, The Simpsons and many other adult humor-centered shows have a loyal fanbase, copycat shows just looking to make big bucks are far from scarce. What makes Bojack Horseman stand out from these copycats, or even the basis of films in the genre, is the authenticity and the educational perspective the creator, Raphael Bob-Waksberg, approached this project with.

WRITTEN BY: Rachel Gerhardt

The Youth Can Save Us, But Gen Z’s Savior Complex Can’t

In a year full of uncertainty and struggle, Generation Z has proven that they will receive any victory that comes their way with open arms. Whether this be by using platforms such as TikTok and Twitter to ensure a low turnout at Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, or by being praised for sharing infographics on their Instagram story that say “Vote!” or “What’s Going on in _____,” this display of activism is how a whole generation has brought itself together and prided itself on being “the most progressive generation.” This has unfortunately also worked towards feeding Gen Z’s savior complex.

How to: Approach Black Friday in a Pandemic

Every year, large crowds are pulled to each Best Buy, Target and many other large corporations for the Black Friday sales. A day where there are large discounts on almost every item storewide, and everyone wants to get their hands on the best deals. This results in many ‘Black Friday Fight’ video compilations to trend, as people fight over the most trivial of items. While there is hope that in a pandemic people wouldn’t gather on Black Friday in large crowds, many stores are staying open in order to make money during the sales. This means, it is up to the people to make a decision on whether or not they choose to go out, or if they choose to follow covid best practices and stay in.

WRITTEN BY: Rachel Gerhardt

John Lewis and his Influence on Good Trouble

Though 2020 has been a weird year for the masses, we have still provided so much change overall. Racial injustice, along with many other issues and forms of activism, has been brought about even more from the murder of George Floyd in May. Even when we go back a couple of decades, John Lewis and his fight for equality is a perfect example of what community we should strive to be. The purpose of these words is to honor John Lewis, all that he did for us, and to contribute to his legacy of Good Trouble (which we will talk about later). Born on February 21, 1940, he became a United States Representative from 1987 to 2020 and was a national Civil Rights Leader. As an important figure of the Civil Rights Era, he did so much to strike improvement and justice. John Lewis had been facing a battle for freedom his entire life – for himself, for his family and friends, for his people, for us. He died from Stage 4 Pancratic Cancer on July 17, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia at the age of 80.

The Umbrella Academy Takes a Field Trip To The 60’s

New characters. Different timeline. The same goal. Season 2 of The Umbrella Academy hit us with a turbulent hurricane.
Previously, the seven children of the world-renowned billionaire, Reginald Hargreeves, did all it took to stop the apocalypse. Many secrets were uncovered in the first season, like Vanya revealing her destructive sonic powers to Hargreeves commiting suicide. The first season ended with Vanya causing the apocalypse, sending a mega-asteroid to Earth. With quick-thinking and time ticking, they decided to travel back in time and fix things with a different approach.

The Natural Hair Movement: Representation in All Forms

I always hated how long it took to braid my hair, the pain I would feel as my mother parted my hair into two, the heat on my hair every week, and the fatigue of spending hours simply washing my hair. But above all, the lack of representation of my hair across the media and entertainment industry served as a strong motive for me to view straight hair as desirable, and my hair as ugly. As people in my school had looser curls/straight hair while my hair would easily frizz, the frustration I built grew into hatred on my natural hair.

BIPOC & LGBTQ+ People That Pioneered the Androgynous Fashion Movement

As a follow up to yesterday’s article on the controversy with Harry Styles and Candace Owens, we have collected further research and information and provided examples on BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ People who have popularized the androgynous fashion movement – so to see that they get their own focus and their own spotlight here on our platform.
We also recognize and apologize for our misuse of language here at Zenerations when referring to androgynous fashion. While ‘gender-fluid’ fashion has been a term used by VOGUE, Harper’s Bazaar, Insider, and many other major outlets, the normalization of this term in the media is no excuse for the mistake, and should strictly be reserved to refer to those who identify as gender-fluid, rather than a style of fashion.
We are taking steps to improve – with the implementation of our new fact-checking and research committee coming in soon, we will carefully review each post and article more thoroughly to ensure the correct terminology is used, no misinformation is spread, and more marginalized voices and issues are amplified and focused in on our page.

Manly Men Wear Skirts

Harry Styles’ Vogue cover caught the attention of many this past week, as his stunning figure is seen in multiple shots of him in skirts and dresses, in front of simple, nature inspired backgrounds. Although this type of ‘gender-bending’ look has been seen for many years, celebrities were still shocked by Styles’ outfits.

The most notable celebrity reaction was from Candace Owens on Twitter who responded directly to the vogue post by tweeting, “There is no society that can survive without strong men. The East knows this. In the west, the steady feminization of our men at the same time that Marxism is being taught to our children is not a coincidence. It’s an outright attack. Bring back manly men.” Following up the previous tweet, she tweeted “Terms like ‘toxic masculinity’ were created by toxic women. Real women don’t do fake feminism. Sorry not sorry.”

WRITTEN BY: Rachel Gerhardt

Hasan Minhaj: The Impact of Patriot Act on the South Asian Community

Many of you might have heard of Hasan Minhaj, an American comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host. You might know him for his Netflix comedy show, Patriot Act, or you might know him as a really funny guy. Hasan Minhaj, however, is so much more than just his various titles and occupations. He has had a huge impact on the South Asian community, serving as some much needed mainstream representation. His stories and jokes are ones every South Asian can relate to, and he integrates humor with influential topics in a flawless way. Time Magazine named him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2019, and he undoubtedly deserved this prestigious title. Recently, Netflix has decided to pull the plug on his show Patriot Act. As a young South Asian woman growing up with immigrant parents in the United States, I am incredibly disheartened to see such a relatable, hilarious show leave the platform.

Growing up with the Internet

Gen-Z is a generation that is utterly obsessed with our phones and screens. We are a part of a generation that was born into the unknown and pushed into the abyss of the internet. Our developing years were spent having to choose between living in the moment and getting lost in our technology. We turned out fine though, right?

WRITTEN BY: Rachel Gerhardt