It’s been a week full of TikTok trend revivals and evolutions, but first we need to talk about that Timothée Chalamet video.
The Timothée Chalamet video in question
Dune has finally hit theaters, and with the sci-fi film’s release came an onslaught of Timothée Chalamet content. Chalamet is usually all over my FYP but with various press junkets, and the star-studded London premiere this week, TimmyTok had an extraordinary week.
The most loved video ever was the Emma Ruffo, a TikTok user, posted the followingOctober 19, You’ve probably seen it. It has been viewed more than 40 million times since publication. If you haven’t, do yourself a favor and watch it.
The video shows Chalamet waiting for his interview on the red carpet at Dune London’s premiere. He looks straight up at the camera in all his sharp-jawed and tousled-hair glory, not only once, but twice. It’s quite possibly the hottest video ever recorded.
Screaming, crying and throwing up.
Credit: tiktok / eruffo
Credit: tiktok / e.ruffo
The audio choice, a mix-up of Adele’s songs, elevates the clip. “Rumour Has It”Nelly Furtado’s “Maneater.”The “Maneater”Chalamet makes perfect eye contact with the camera, and needle drop is perfectly timed. Comments like “not me blushing over the phone”Have over 165,000 likes.
I reached out to Ruffo (the 20-year-old student who took the video) to see what it was really like to be on Ruffo’s side. “Honestly, I didn’t realize that he looked into my camera until later when I rewatched my videos. I saw that moment and was like, ‘What the hell is happening!’ It was a bit shocking for me,” said Ruffo.
“There were so many people and everyone was screaming and it was pouring rain. I was drenched and so focused on trying to film a video of him that I wasn’t that focused on the moment,” Ruffo continued.
Ruffo has been a fan of Chalamet since 2017’s Lady Bird and found the song used for the video by looking through the Timothée Chalamet hashtag on TikTok, which has more than 6 billion views. “It was the one that I liked most, and it coincided to match the moment when his eyes are up perfectly,” Ruffo said.
Two videos I hoped to never again see
Strangely, two types videos made this week on my For You Page were rediscovered: the Dutch politicians and the lip-synching moms.
The video of the matriarchs singing in a bar was their first viral video, October 10, 2020. “Potential Breakup Song”Aly & AJ. The clip has been viewed more than 12.5 million times and received 96,000,000 views. TikTok users had the chance to pair up with the moms and add colorful commentary about each of the five women. Users tried to guess everything they knew about them. What kind of gay boy would they have?To What masks would they wear?.
They have done so since. A daughter tells the truthAnd a Husband reveal. On The original video was one year old, so the moms recreated itIt appears to be a frathouse. The recreation currently has 11.4million likes and almost 60 million views. It has sparked many duets from other users and the content is becoming a little repetitive, just like the original. The original videos were funny in our collective struggle era of 2020, but they aren’t funny anymore.
The moms weren’t the only TikTok stars to resurface this week. An edit Two Dutch politicians are being shippedIt is back on our FYPs. Yes, shipping politicians. Shipping is when two people are in a romantic relationship. People usually ship fictional characters or celebrities… not politicians.
So where did the shipping begin? Six months ago, two members of the Dutch House of Representatives (Rob Jetten and Jesse Klaver) were edited on TikTok. Users began to send the politicians as “Reese” to their friends. The account @ressepesantsRepublished an edit by Reese together with the text “6 months ago this happened…”The video was heavily dueted on the app. One duet by @mapa.birdIt has been liked over 1,000,000 times and viewed almost 5,000,000 times. Their video can be found here @mapa.birdSays “Two Dutch politicians are in love, you can’t convince me otherwise.”
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They are now more popular than TikTok. Archive of Our Own, a popular fanfiction website, has them. 22 fan works currently availableunder the “Rob Jetten/Jesse Klaver” tag.
The whole thing is so absurd, and perhaps a necessary reminder that we should treat politicians as elected officials and not celebrities.
Life is still a video game
Not exactly a revival, but this new trend further explores the idea that life is a video game.
The first iteration of this trend debuted weeks ago. It was paired with the audio “I love this game,” pulled from an early 2000s Bratz ad. Essentially, people act out moments of their lives as if they are playing a video game. For example, one video posted by @autumn.brea53 uses the text “me clocking in to play smoothie shop simulator for 6 hours” and shows clips of her working in a smoothie shop.
On one level, it is somewhat uncomfortable to see people pretending their lives are a video game, but on another, it reminds me that so many of the internet games I played as a child were centered around capitalism. It freaks me out that I would sit around making pretend pizzas for pretend customers for hours on end. I am unnerved.
The new trend, however, is set to a sound called “Mud Flow ‘the Sense of me’ (Soundtrack Life is Strange).” The sound has nearly 70,000 videos. Users make videos of themselves walking around like video game characters and add commentary over the sound. Take this video posted by @hleichsenring It states, “When College: The Video Game won’t allow you to change tasks.”” The video shows the user trying to stop working on a problem set but being stopped by the video game. They make additional commentary like “I believe you should at the very least try to solve the problem.” and “I don’t think it will help to study,” in the same manner that a videogame advises you while you play.
Instead of living our lives as video games, we now live in simulations. Cool.
The commentary states: “I think you should at least try the problem first.”
Credit: tiktok / hleichsenring
Chegg is a website which helps you solve math problems.
Credit: Tiktok / hleichsenring
I’m also following along on @lamebaby47’s journey of doing healthy habits ironically. You should also know that I am writing this week’s roundup ironically.