Spit-gate, Queen Elizabeth, D23, and more: What you missed on Twitter this week

By Liv Barry

Lifestyle Editor

For anyone who is not up to date on the daily ins and outs of Twitter, this past week gave users a goldmine of juicy drama and comedic content to feast on.

The Elm would hate to see anyone miss out on the fun, so here is a quick refresher as to what you missed this week.

“Don’t Worry, Darling”

Main players: Harry Styles, Florence Pugh, Olivia Wilde, Chris Pine.

Where it all went down: Venice Film Festival.

What happened: There is a lot to unpack here.

For those who do not know, “Don’t Worry, Darling” is a highly anticipated film set to release on Sept. 23, 2022. Directed by Olivia Wilde, the film follows Jack (played by Harry Styles) and Alice (played by Florence Pugh) living in an experimental living community.

Given the A-list names attached to the project, the film generated buzz soon after its announcement. The hype flames were fanned even further after Styles and Wilde went public with their romantic relationship in early 2021.

However, as the release date for “Don’t Worry, Darling” approached, fans noticed that Florence Pugh did not promote the film on social media as much as she typically promotes her projects.

Rumors quickly devolved into claims of drama on set between Pugh and Wilde.

According to US Weekly, Pugh limited her press tour appearances for the film because of “personal disagreements” with Wilde. Other sources reported that Pugh could not make it to press appearances because of her “Dune: Part 2” filming schedule.

The drama culminated when the cast appeared together at the world premiere of “Don’t Worry, Darling” at the Venice Film Festival. During a press event after the screening, an audience member caught a clip where it appeared as if Styles spit on his co-star Pine.

While this rumor has been debunked (Styles dropped the cap to his marker), this clip was the longest lasting Twitter meme of the week.

Why should you care?: If you are not interested in celebrity gossip or the film itself, there is not much here for you.

If you have any investment in celebrity gossip, you probably did not need this refresher.

If you were interested in watching “Don’t Worry, Darling,” this might make you feel nervous about how good the film will be, and for good reason, as some already wrote this off as a publicity stunt to cover up the film’s 41% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Death of Queen Elizabeth II (and Trisha Paytas’ pregnancy)

Main players: Queen Elizabeth II, Trisha Paytas.

Where it all went down: Balmoral Castle, United Kingdom, Los Angeles, California.

What happened: On Thursday, Sept. 8, Queen Elizabeth II of England passed away at Balmoral Castle.

On the other side of the world, influencer Trisha Paytas, who is best-known for her viral videos “Funky Tut” and “I Love You Jesus,” tweeted that she was one centimeter dilated. Many believed this to mean that Paytas was in labor.

As Twitter uses churned out content regarding the Queen, some theorized that Queen Elizabeth would be reincarnated as Paytas’s child.

“You’re laughing. Queen Elizabeth is about to be reincarnated as Trisha Paytas’s baby and you’re laughing,” said Twitter user @vloggertaika.

Twitter users also falsely reported that Paytas gave birth just 3 minutes after Queen Elizabeth passed away.

Over the weekend, Paytas assured the public that she had not yet given birth, and that the baby was certainly not the reincarnation of the Queen.

Why should I care?: If you are a British citizen, Queen Elizabeth’s death has massive social and political implications. According to Insider, the Queen’s death is anticipated to cost Britain’s economy “…billions in lost earnings,” and the BBC is expected to cancel all comedy programming for at least the next week and a half.

If you have ties to any of the countries that the British Empire colonized during the Queen’s reign, you might have joined in on the Twitter fun.

If you are Trisha Paytas’s baby, you might want to check to see if you have a penchant for beans on toast and corgis.

Halle Bailey’s “The Little Mermaid” Trailer

Main players: Halle Bailey, contrarians on Twitter.

Where it all went down: Disney’s D23 Expo.

What happened: Every two years, Disney hosts the D23 expo, a convention dedicated to Disney fandom. Throughout the expo, Disney hosts panels and meet and greets, and most importantly, announces upcoming projects.

On Friday, Sept. 9, D23 attendees watched the first trailer for the live-action “The Little Mermaid,” starring pop singer Bailey.

The news spread to Twitter, where users nitpicked the trailer for everything from Bailey’s hair color to the scene not looking underwater enough.

“Bother me how this doesn’t look underwater at all,” said Twitter user @firagawalkwthme in response to a clip of Bailey singing “Part of Your World.”

Many of these comments were thinly-veiled abuse regarding Bailey’s race.

While Twitter users came to Bailey’s defense, the discourse is likely to continue leading up to the film’s release.

Why should I care?: If you are a fan of Bailey’s music, a Disney adult, or a decent human being, you should be concerned about the vitriol being spread about Bailey.

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