After Life: Series 2 (2020) Ricky Gervais is back with his black comedy about bereavement, the human condition and the mundanities of modern life.
In this episode in series 2 he’s dragged to a meditation class by his brother-in-law. To his horror he’s subjected to a barrage of snorts and slurps from the tie-dye clad teacher until it all gets too much and he has to leave the building with a barrage of swears.
I love this scene because it epitomises those moments which we all face as misophones. Where you’re in a group environment crumbling with panic and despair from a specific sound trigger(s)… yet no-one else seems at all bothered. Everyone else just carries on as normal as if nothing is happening.
I think this is important because it highlights something that can sometimes be difficult for us to understand when we’re ‘in the moment’. And that is that nothing IS happening for everyone else. ‘Neurotypicals’ do not notice these sounds in the way we do. They can quite happily go on with their business as usual, whether that’s wrapping their leg behind their head or conducting a work meeting and it doesn’t bother them in the slightest.
N.B. If you’re offended by swearing this one’s definitely not for you. Also (like all of these) this contains triggers so you might want to have the sound low or be ready to stop the video if you find it too much.
What did you make of this scene? Feel free to leave a comment below.