“The American Meme” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year and hit the Netflix streaming platform on Friday. The documentary explores a consequence of garnering success via social media and aspects the likes of Paris Hilton, DJ Khaled, and Hailey Baldwin. It also follows “social media influencers”- Hilton, Josh Ostrovsky, Brittany Furlan, and Kirill Bichutsky- as they “hustle to build empires out of their online footprints, redefining the paradigm for the American Dream.”
The film are typically been well-received thus far. Variety‘s Owen Gleiberman pointed to the necessity of the film’s narrative: “It’s both highly entertaining and an essential snapshot of the drugs voyeuristic parasitic American fishbowl.” Check out the trailer below.
The American Meme offered chances for Paris Hilton to open up about her infamous sex tape again. In previously released snippets, she explained how traumatic the experience had been for at the time of its leak.
“It was like being raped. It felt like I’d lost part of my spirit and been talked about in such brutal and mean behaviors. I literally wanted to die at some points. I was like, ‘I just don’t live their lives, ‘ because I considered everything was taken away from me. I didn’t want to be known as that.”
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