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Celebrities are expressing their love for the film Parasite, and social media users are lapping up the irony with equal parts frustration and glee.
The award-winning movie is a dark critique of modern society and people across various class standings, but the wealthy family whose fancy home serves as the main setting is unsparingly portrayed as vapid and self-absorbed. The movie also highlights rich people’s perpetuation of violence and inequality.
So it’s pretty ridiculous that wealthy celebrities are openly expressing their love for the film.
“Phew Parasite was so fucking good!!” Chrissy Teigen excitedly tweeted on Jan. 4.
Parasite— Buff Mage (@elonmusk) December 24, 2019
Phew Parasite was so fucking good!!— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 4, 2020
Many on Twitter were confused at these rich people’s endorsement for a movie with so many jabs at their status. People called out the celebs for their obliviousness, saying it only justified the film’s portrayal of the rich as self-absorbed.
User @bearbeare, for example, replied to Teigen with a meme of Garfield looking at a picture of himself. The caption says, “Huh? I wonder who that’s for?”
“Absolutely ZERO awareness,” @paradisegallows tweeted to Teigen.
absolutely ZERO awareness— don't let the bastards grind you in any direction (@paradisegallows) January 5, 2020
“Yall make me SICK,” user @priyavprabhakar wrote along with screenshots of Musk’s and Teigan’s positive reactions to Parasite.
yall make me SICK pic.twitter.com/3htvASs7iD— the dialectic daughter (@priyavprabhakar) January 9, 2020
“I don’t think they actually saw the movie,”@hoedkop suggested.
I don't think they actually saw the movie— Lesepa la ngwana (@Hoedkop) January 10, 2020
“That feel when you ask the butler to bring you parasite but they bring the wrong movie so you fire them and just say how much you love it,” joked @AcrwAffair.
That feel when you ask the butler to bring you parasite but they bring the wrong movie so you fire them and just say how much you love it— TheACRWAffair (@AcrwAffair) January 10, 2020
While some argued that members of the upper class are free to enjoy any movie they want, it was @JohnPA598 who nailed the irony.
“People out here trying to be like, ‘just cuz they’re rich they can’t enjoy it??’ No, motherfuckers, the point is they seemingly enjoyed it while also completely missing the entire nearly objective message of the movie, which is not really in favor of their status,” the user explained.
People out here trying to be like, “just cuz they’re rich they can’t enjoy it??” No, motherfuckers, the point is they seemingly enjoyed it while also completely missing the entire nearly objective message of the movie, which is not really in favor of their status.— Johnny Avalos #NoWarWithIran (@JohnPA598) January 11, 2020
Tiffanie Drayton is a geek culture and lifestyle reporter whose work covers everything from gender and race to anime and Xbox. Her work has appeared in Complex, Salon, Marie Claire, Playboy, and elsewhere.