Romy Mars, the 16-year-old daughter of filmmaker Sofia Coppola and Phoenix singer Thomas Mars, posted a since-deleted TikTok yesterday in which she made pasta as a protest for being grounded. In just a day, the viral video has already generated a massive amount of discourse for its peculiarity.
According to Romy Mars in the TikTok, she was grounded for attempting to charter a helicopter from New York to Maryland with her father's credit card to visit a "camp friend."
The TikTok post was saved and has since circulated widely on social media like Twitter, where it has dazzled and delighted many users. In the post, Mars pokes fun at her own privilege (she can't tell the difference between an onion and garlic) and calls out her parents for not being present enough in her life.
The discourse around the TikTok intersected with the broader nepo baby conversation, which was widely covered in the press and memed last year.
Sofia Coppola, who is the daughter of the director of The Godfather Francis Ford Coppola, is a legendary filmmaker herself having directed Marie Antoinette and Lost in Translation, among other movies. Thomas Mars sang lead vocals on "Listszomania," and it is his Grammy that Romy Mars displays in the video.
The clip was sped up and featured the sort of jumpy, rapid editing that defines many TikToks. Numerous posters interested in cinema thought of Mars's TikTok as a masterful short film and expressed their thoughts online as the moment went viral over the last 24 hours.
Others also pointed out that Mars presents exactly like a character in a Sofia Coppola film, which often centers on lonely and privileged young women.
In the course of the TikTok, Mars shared that her parents' "number one rule" was that she has no public social media accounts — a rule which, given the attention now on the family and the attention Coppola herself grew up with, perhaps makes sense.
Alongside reactions and discourse about the clip, many swore devotion to Romy Mars and some even imitated the TikTok.
Perhaps most strikingly, the man identified as "Ari, my babysitter's boyfriend" became a breakout star of the TikTok, although Ari's full name is not yet confirmed.
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