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The Internet is Still Coming For Nepo Babies

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Earlier this year when Euphoria season 2 was released, talks about “fake babiespopped up online. One of the stars of the HBO show is Maude Apatowfilmmaker’s daughter Judd Apatow.

Just in case it needs clearing up, calling someone a fake baby is usually considered an insult. It indicates that the person were ahead in their industry. There are many actors who probably wouldn’t bat an eyelid if someone called them a fake baby, but others shy away from the term. Lily Rose Depp, daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, is the latest celebrity to comment on the term. And it has revived the discussion.

“I think it’s weird to reduce someone to the idea that they’re only there because it’s a generational thing. It just doesn’t make sense,” Lily-Rose Depp said in a recent interview Elle. The interview led to a deluge of reactions, especially of models. Vittoria Ceretti wrote on one Instagram story, “You have no idea how much you have to fight to get people to respect you. LASTS FOR YEARS. you just get it for free on the first day.

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Anok Jai wrote of the experience of “having to navigate an industry full of powerful, influential people and feeling like you’re nothing.” Several others agreed. The feeling was clear: being a fake baby doesn’t make you a bad person, but you have to appreciate the work it takes to make it in a competitive industry without family ties. And people argued that the label doesn’t stick very well if you’re cool about acknowledging your privilege.

“The whole fake baby thing, like literally everything else, comes down to you having bad vibes. no one jumps, Barrymore drew like that because she doesn’t have any bad vibes. but we jump gwyneth paltrow (and often) because she does,” the writer tweeted @laracroftbarbie.

“Lily Rose-Depp could have gone either way with this fake baby label. She could have kept her mouth shut, smoked her cigarettes and continued to glorify her rich girl image and be like Paris Hilton OR work hard in silence and let her work do the talking like Bella Hadid,” she wrote. @BBsandwich_.

Why it matters

With social media, celebrities are under more control than ever. Fans are interested in how famous people treat others and how they talk about what it’s like to work in entertainment. That’s why people are so interested in how real nepo babies respond to the fake baby label.

It’s kind of a test; if you are humble and recognize how you broke into the industry, you pass. If you can’t, expect to be criticized.

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*First published: November 26, 2022, 6:00 AM CST

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Tiffany Kelly

Tiffany Kelly is the culture editor at Daily Dot. She previously worked at Ars Technica and Wired. Her writing has appeared in several other print and online publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Popular Mechanics, and GQ.



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