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John Mulaney’s fans thought they knew all about him – that’s how the last year has shown them wrong

John Mulaney’s fans thought they knew all about him – that’s how the last year has shown them wrong

In today’s episode of BuzzFeed Daily, we broke down the top pop culture headlines AND discussed what a parasocial relationship really is and why so many people seem to be in one with John Mulaney. You can listen below or scroll down to read more about the interview!

BuzzFeed Daily: Anyone who spends time on Twitter has probably seen the term “parasocial relationship” appear on their feed over the last few months. But for people who are not extremely online, can you explain what that means exactly and maybe give us a little bit of the story behind?

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Madison Malone Kircher: Of course. It is actually much, much easier than it sounds, for the chances are real that every person listening to this has been in a parasocial relationship and did not know that there was a psychological term for it. So Parasocial Relationships: It’s a term dating back to the 1950s, from a set of Chicago researchers who invented it to describe the way people – including me – feel when we all watch a TV show, or you’re listening to a podcast or watching a movie and you feel like you’re a friend of an actor or a celebrity – you know this person, you get them, they know you, you know them, your friends, except in reality, Taylor Swift and I are not friends. It is a parasocial relationship.

BuzzFeed Daily: So the reason the term has been everywhere on Twitter this year is everything that has been going on with John Mulaney, from his rehabilitation time, to his divorce from Anna Marie Tendler, to his new relationship with Olivia Munn, what is it specifically about him who has all gone “parasocial relation this” and “parasocial relation that”?

MMK: A few things. I think the first is that John Mulaney as a comedian has developed this very confessional, very honest, dark mark of humor that makes the people who see his offerings and watch his shows feel: “Oh, I know this guy.I could go up to this guy and his dog Petunia in the dog park and we could have a completely normal talk because we are very similar. “And the more a celebrity like John Mulaney lets people into their world, speaks for example about the other auxiliary characters in that world – just as John Mulaney is like numero uno “wife guy”. So people also felt that they were developing a relationship with his wife. And the more of these details a celebrity gives us, the more painful, let’s say, whiplash when those details change.

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BuzzFeed Daily: The title of your play is “John Mulaney Doesn’t Owe You Squat.” So I’m curious, why do you think people feel he owes them something? And what do you also think they feel guilty about?

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MMK: John Mulaney owes us nothing but his comedy if he will continue to give it to us. But I think there are a subset of people who feel they owe an explanation or an apology, the way you would do it if your friend, like someone you actually know, had spent years and years saying, “I love my wife. My whole brand loves my wife. We also never want kids, and it’s perfectly OK to be an adult ass who never wants kids.” And then it rang friend of yours on a Tuesday and said, “I left my wife. I’m dating Olivia Munn. We’re having a baby. Come on board.” You wanted more from that friend.


BuzzFeed News: One thing that really caught my eye is how selective people seem to be about his public figure. John Mulaney has talked a lot about being an addict in his stand-up deals. He has talked a lot about how wild and crazy his life has been at certain points. But what everyone seems to be grabbing at is his relationship with his now ex-wife, who at his expense seemed pretty ideal. So why did people just grab the squeaky clean part of John Mulaney and kind of ignore the darker things he had been telling us about for years?

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MMK: Because it’s an easier narrative to cling to. It’s easier if it’s black and white, right? There are some celebrities that we invest in and then they do really, really bad things. I think of her as a Louis CK or growing up loving JK Rowling and then discovering that she hates everything you stand for. You know, it’s easy to put in a bucket with “Well, I’m done with you”, against John Mulaney.

Let’s be ready. No one has done anything wrong here. Just like he just experienced a series of completely normal human life experiences, you know, ups and downs. And I do not know that people necessarily know where to place it. There is also, if you go really deep into the rabbit hole, [you’ll see] his ex-wife, Anna Marie Tendler, who posted pictures of Anne Boleyn down to the pearl necklace. A trace of bread crumbs can be found if you really want to find clues.


BuzzFeed Daily: You brought this up a bit- many people also seem shocked that he is having a baby because he has mentioned several times in his stand-up that he and his wife did not want children. Now he not only moves on with Olivia Munn just months after his divorce, but has a baby with her. How much do you think it affects people’s disappointment?

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MMK: Oh, a ton, right? I think to hear someone [who’s] 1) famous and 2) makes you laugh and smile and feel good in general saying that it is OK that you do not want children is so comforting to so many people in a society where it is like, “You turned 30 – say hello to Instagram ads, bitch. Do you want to freeze your eggs? Fantastic. “It’s a big turnaround. It’s like, “Oh, where did my head for the childless happy adults go? I thought it was you, John.”

We also discussed JoJo Siwa, who shouted Nickelodeon on Twitter about some contract terms she was unhappy with.

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JoJo, who was 13 when she first signed with the brand, tweeted: “I’m going on tour in January. My movie musical was just released (with 6 new original songs) … Nickelodeon told me today that I am not allowed to perform / add any of the songs from the movie to my show. It’s my songs, my voice, my writing. Does that seem reasonable ??? ”

She followed up with another tweet, saying: “There is no reason why this music should not be included. Working for a company like a real person is treated as just a brand is fun until it is not. ”

While some people responded that JoJo gets a taste of what it’s really like to trade with a brand like Nickelodeon, lots of her fans shared messages of support for the singer.

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In other news, it appears that Julianne Hough heard the backlash against CBS ‘upcoming reality show The activist, who would see activists compete against each other to raise money for their cause, loud and clear.

Julianne, who is to be a judge on the show, said on Instagram that while she was excited to be a part of something that highlights and is centered around sharing activists' work,

Julianne, who is to be a judge on the show, said on Instagram that although she is “excited to be a part of something that highlights and is centered around sharing activists’ work,” she understands the criticism the show has received and is agrees that she did not qualify for the role of judge.

She also acknowledged that she made Blackface in 2013 – something many seem to be learning only now – and said it was a “bad choice based on my own white privilege and white bodily disorders that hurts people, and it is something I regret that I did against this day. “

CBS apparently takes the negative feedback to the show and tells Variety the day after the series will be reconfigured as a documentary highlights the work of activists – all of whom will receive a cash grant – and their causes.

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As always, thank you for listening! And if you ever want to suggest stories or just say hello, you can reach us at [email protected] or on Twitter @BuzzFeedDaily.

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