A rumored kiss between movie star Timothee Chalamet and model Sarah Talabi has flipped the script of how tabloid gossip factories usually work, and got the whole world talking about climate change.
This is the story of how a celebrity meeting at a music festival starts a conversation about global warming.
Who, what, when?
Chalamet starred in last year’s epic blockbuster sand duneswho won six Oscars at this year’s event, and he was nominated in the best actor category for his leading role in 2017 call me by your name. Sarah Talabi is a model, influencer and activist with 1.5 million followers on Instagram, who founded the social justice community Intersectionality for Feminists.
The two allegedly shared a kiss at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival last weekend, which was held in the California desert. Did it really happen? Maybe. Talabi confirmed he was photographed next to Chalamet but refused to confirm the kiss, and he has used the mystery to divert the news.
How do you direct the news about kissing?
After being bombarded with questions from the media about his possible proximity to Chalamet, Talabi avoided the question on people’s lips and turned it into… a polar ice cap.
“Everyone is asking me if I kissed Timothee Chalamet at Coachella, and that’s a great question,” he said in a statement to the gossip outlet. Page Six. “But the big question will be asking our world leaders why the Earth is now losing 1.2 trillion tonnes of ice every year to global warming and why climate crisis reforms have been so ineffective.”
It’s one of the greatest deflections of all time. Talabi couldn’t confirm or deny the rumors and divert the conversation to a more meaningful topic. He also encourages readers to contact their local representatives and ask any questions he has. This is great PR.
Isn’t celebrity gossip bad for our brains?
Celebrity news often gets a bad rap but no doubt it catches people’s attention. Talabi’s response shows how cleverly handling personal topics can help draw focus on global issues.