Netflix is exploring the world of social media in a one-off documentary which hit the streaming platform on Friday.
“The American Meme” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year and received positive reviews from critics, many of whom applauded the movie for its exploration of fame in the digital age.
“It’s both highly entertaining and an essential snapshot of the narcotic voyeuristic parasitic American fishbowl,” Variety‘s Owen Gleiberman said of the film which stars the likes of Paris Hilton, DJ Khaled and Hailey Baldwin.
The Decider shared a clip from the upcoming series where Hilton talked about her leaked 2003 sex tape. “It was like being raped. It felt like I’ve lost part of my soul and been talked about in such cruel and mean ways,” she said. “‘Literally overnight my entire life changed… everyone was making fun of it. I didn’t leave my house for, like months.”
“I was so embarrassed. I felt like everyone on the street was laughing at me,” a visibly emotional Hilton expressed.
Directed by Bert Marcus (“Champs”, “What We Started”), the doc follows four well-known “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 also features interviews with Emily Ratajkowski, Lele Pons, Amanda Cerny, and the previously mentioned Baldwin, the American model who recently married Justin Bieber.
“What if you woke up tomorrow and you had no followers?” the 22-year-old “Drop The Mic” host asks in the trailer. “Can you go back to being yourself?”
“The American Meme” is now streaming on Netflix.