Social media is a wonderful thing. It connects us with like-minded individuals and opens the door to meeting people that we wouldn’t meet otherwise. The problem, however, with it is that it often creates an image that may not reflect reality.
The new Hulu movie, Not Okay, takes on this concept. Danni (Zoe Deutsch) is an NYC-based wannabe writer whose romantic and social life, in addition to her career is in the toilet. Adding insult to injury, she has zero Instagram followers.
Faking a trip to Paris, she suddenly has the attention she has been wanting. That attention grows tenfold after a terrorist attack. Danni has to pretend that she survived it. Labeled a hero upon her “return” home, she becomes friends with Rowan (Mia Isaac). Rowan is a young woman who is a true survivor. While dealing with her own trauma, she is trying to create a better world. She also attracts the attention of her long-time crush, Colin (Dylan O’Brien).
The facade has to be come down eventually. When it does, the fallout is spectacular and reveals the truth of our current-day culture.
I really liked this movie. It speaks to the need for approbation via the Internet and the truth that this approval is not always real. Though it took a little too long to get to the end, it was overall, an enjoyable film. I also enjoyed Danni as a character. Though she is inherently unlikeable, I still wanted to follow her story.
I’ve noticed a rather interesting double standard in the world today, which makes me very angry.
Robert James O’Neill, the Navy Seal who claimed to have killed Osama Bin Ladin, is considered a hero. It was his bullet that took down the man who killed nearly 3000 innocent people 12 years ago.
While terrorist attacks are becoming a more frequent event in the world, it is not new to Israel. The IDF’s goal is to protect innocent civilians from terrorist attacks. But instead of being recognized for their selfless, heroic acts, they are vilified.
Hamas, Hezbollah, ISIS. They all go by different names, but the goal is the same.
So if their goal is the same and the goal of the rest of the world is to preserve democracy and multiculturalism, then why is Mr. O’Neill put on a pedestal and the IDF is accused of having blood on their hands?