Timothée Chalamet went viral on TikTok once more
It’s been a week of TikTok trend revivals and developments, but first we need to talk about this Timothée Chalamet video.
The video in question by Timothée Chalamet
Dune has finally hit theaters and with the release of the science fiction film, there has been a rush of Timothée Chalamet content. Chalamet can usually be found all over my FYP, but between various press junkets and the star-studded London premiere, this has been an unprecedented week for TimmyTok.
No video has been as popular as TikTok user Emma Ruffo, who was posted on October 19. You have probably already seen it. At the time of publication, it has garnered over 11 million likes and over 40 million views. If not, do yourself a favor and check it out.
The video shows Chalamet waiting to be interviewed on the red carpet at Dunes London premiere. He looks up not once, but twice, straight into the camera, in all its edgy, disheveled glory. It’s probably the hottest video ever recorded.
Scream, cry, throw up.
Photo credit: tiktok / eruffo
Photo credit: tiktok / e.ruffo
The clip is enhanced by the audio selection: a mix of Adele’s “Rumor Has It” and Nelly Furtado’s “Maneater”. The “maneater” needle fall is perfectly timed as Chalamet makes sultry eye contact with the camera. Comments like “I don’t blush on the phone” have over 165,000 likes.
I got Ruffo, the 20 year old student who recorded the crackling video, on the phone to see what it’s like to receive that grin. “In all honesty, I didn’t realize he was looking at my camera until I was watching my videos again. I saw that moment and thought, ‘What the hell happened here!’ It was a bit shocking to me, ”said Ruffo.
“There were so many people there and everyone was screaming and it was pouring rain. I was soaked and so focused shooting a video of him that I wasn’t so focused on the moment, ”Ruffo continued.
Ruffo has been a Chalamet fan since Lady Bird 2017 and found the song used for the video by searching the Timothée Chalamet hashtag on TikTok, which has more than 6 billion views. “It was what I liked best, and it just happened to fit the moment he looked up perfectly,” said Ruffo.
Two videos that I hoped would never see again
Oddly enough, two types of videos appeared again on my For You Page this week: the lip-synching mothers and the Dutch politicians.
The Matriarchs went viral for the first time on October 10, 2020 with a video of them singing to “Potential Breakup Song” by Aly & AJ in a bar. The clip garnered over 12.5 million likes and 96 million views, and gave thousands of TikTok users the chance to duet the mothers and add their own colorful comments on the five women. Users tried to guess everything about them, from the type of gay son to the masks they would wear.
Since then, they have made a daughter and a husband reveal. For the one-year anniversary of the original video, the mothers recreated it in what appeared to be a fraternity house. The game currently has 11.4 million likes and nearly 60 million views. Like the original, it has spurred countless duets from other users, and the content is a bit repetitive. The original videos were fun in our 2020 collective struggle era, but now they just don’t hold up anymore.
But the moms aren’t the only unlikely TikTok stars to resurfaced this week. An edit with two Dutch politicians is back on our FYPs. Yes, shipping politician. Shipping is for the uninitiated when you want two people to be in a romantic relationship. Usually people send out celebrities or fictional characters … not politicians.
So where did the shipping start? Six months ago, the edits of two members of the Dutch House of Representatives, Rob Jetten and Jesse Klaver, went viral on TikTok. Users began to extradite the two politicians under the couple name “Reese”. The account @ressepesants has reposted an adaptation by Reese with the text “6 months ago this happened …”. The video has since been published heavily on the app. A duet by @ mapa.bird has collected over 1 million likes and almost 5 million views. In her video, @ mapa.bird says: “Two Dutch politicians are in love, you can’t convince me otherwise.”
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And their appeal has now transcended TikTok; Archive of Our Own, a popular fan fiction site, currently has 22 original fan works under the tag “Rob Jetten / Jesse Klaver”.
The whole thing is so absurd, and perhaps a necessary reminder, that we should treat politicians as elected officials rather than celebrities.
Life is still a video game
Not exactly a revival, but this new trend continues to explore the idea that life is a video game.
The first iteration of this trend debuted weeks ago. It was paired with the “I Love This Game” audio, which was taken from a Bratz ad from the early 2000s. In essence, people play moments of their lives like they are playing a video game. For example, a video posted by @ autumn.brea53 uses the text “me clocking in to play smoothie shop simulator for 6 hours” and shows clips of their work in a smoothie shop.
On the one hand, it’s a little uncomfortable to see people pretending their life is a video game, but on the other hand, it reminds me that so many internet games that I played as a kid were about capitalism. It drives me crazy that I would sit around for hours baking fake pizzas for fake customers. I am exasperated.
However, the new trend is towards a sound called “Mud Flow ‘the Sense of me’ (Soundtrack Life is Strange)”. The sound has almost 70,000 videos. Users make videos of themselves walking around like video game characters and add comments to the sound. Take this video posted by @hleichsenring that says, “When ‘College: the Video Game’ doesn’t let you change tasks.” The video shows the user trying to finish working on a problem set but is stopped by the video game. They make additional comments like “I think you should at least try the problem first” and “I don’t think this will help you study,” just like a video game advises you to play.
Instead of thinking of life as a video game, we now act like video game characters living in a simulation. Cool.
The comment says, “I think you should at least try the problem first.”
Photo credit: tiktok / hleichsenring
Chegg is a website where you can find the solutions to math problems.
Photo credit: Tiktok / Hleichsenring
I am also ironically following @ lamebaby47’s journey of making healthy habits. So you need to know that I am ironic writing this week’s round-up.