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This world won’t make me bad: because it’s the political manifesto of a generation

This world won't make me bad: because it's the political manifesto of a generation

The second animated series of Zerocalcare is an act of resistance, the representation of an army of “confused and entangled” forty-year-olds who try to stay afloat.

This world won't make me bad: because it's the political manifesto of a generation

Resistant, political, mature: the manifesto of a generation who grew up on punk and 883, with the conviction that they could have done everything in life, and instead… instead they found themselves wandering “in the dark among the rubble”. He had already done it with his first series Netflix, Tear along the edgesbut with This world won’t make me bad, Zero limestone manages to definitively seal the pact signed perhaps unconsciously with that army of forty-year-olds “left at a standstill”, screwed by the idea that “wanting is power”, those of passionate protests in the corridors of high schools, in the courtyards of universities, on the streets neighborhood to fight for rights that we imagined should be inalienable. They really believed in it, that one day they would be able to change the world, or at least that’s what they must have thought as they moshed to the angry notes of punk, a refuge “from all that world where I didn’t understand how to fit me”. But then she didn’t go that way.

Inadequacy, compromise and political urgency

This World Will Not Make Me Bad Poster

Poster of This world won’t make me bad

Many have tried to tell this generation crushed between the bourgeois and performing models of the previous one and the bulimic speed of today’s young people, but no one better than Zerocalcare has managed to intercept the sense of inadequacy that distinguishes it. With its anthropomorphic characters, an armadillo-like conscience and slurred Roman dialect, the universe of This world won’t make me bad it restores an identity and recognizes a role for a category that until now has had to settle for petit bourgeois representations, sweetened and very unlikely.

This world won’t make me bad, Zerocalcare: “We need to try to give collective answers to problems”

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This World Won’t Make Me Bad: A scene from the series

A generation left behind, with monsters inside, “Meddled and Confused”caught between the grip of compromise and the political urgency of “go at the pace of the slowest”to do the right thing, like this “At least when you die you don’t end up in Margaret Thatcher’s circle”. Forty-year-olds often awkward and messed up, with the feeling of having failed and of not having one step at all, still, immobile, like the character of Sarah, who wants to be a teacher and instead has been buried in a shed in Formello for ten years to bring coffee “to those who produce toilet brushes”to pay the price of having believed whoever said “How good! You can do anything, you’re so smart” and then instead, “then you blink your eyes for a second, you open them again and you discover that you’ve thrown your life away, always stopped in the same square, without ever rolling a die”.

An act of resistance

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This World Won’t Make Me Bad: A scene from the series

There is in the “drawings” full of satire and melancholy of Zerocalcare the perfect human synthesis of those who have tried to save themselves in every way and have tried “be brave, hold your breath and put your head under the water, to understand that there was under the surface”. Except then stay ashore to decompose like “a species of beached whale that, without someone to goad it, is only capable of working”while everything around collapses, the headlights go out, the outlines are marginalized and “tear along the edges” it’s not that simple anymore: a desert without even consolation “reassuring eco-monsters from the 80s”. Between citations to pop culture and the succession of irreverent jokes, This world won’t make me bad is above all an act of resistance: inside there are strongly political themes from the ethnic substitution ventilated by the government right to the immigrants that nobody wants, treated like a package to be moved from one district to another in the big cities, from the looting of rampant reporters to the weight of interpreting the role that has been sewn on you.

This world won’t make me bad, Zerocalcare: “We need to try to give collective answers to problems”

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This World Won’t Make Me Bad: A scene from the series

There is his neighborhood, the suburbs and that inability to smile of a generation that stays away “either all crumpled up because we’re laughing loudly so we don’t hear our monsters screaming inside us or all tense because our ass is gnawing at us and we’re so close to making a bang. Instead, we’re practically never calm and serene”. In apnea reeling in the dark with only one hope: that this world won’t make them bad. So thank you Zero, for giving this one a voice and a face “pool of souls”it doesn’t matter if they are pterodactyls, teapots, red-nosed giants or stranded whales, because finally “we stay where we have to stay”.

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