ASPIRATIONAL is a short film by Matthew Frost, starring Kristen Dunst who teams up with Vs. Magazine.
Two fans of Kirsten Dunst hop out of their car on recognizing the actress and start taking selfies with her. She tries to chat with her admirers and invites them to ask questions, but they're only interested in having her tag the pictures so they can improve their own Internet "fame."
Everyone wants their own little piece of fame but this weird cultural trend of selfies has replaced those outdated pen-to-paper autographs. Aspiring to get fame and not to know the admired one. A sign of dehumanization in the world of "Instagrammers".
"It's not really related to the actual film necessarily, but you could say that the two girls are aspiring to be the most popular they can be through social media. It's more about what they can take from her that interests them the most: her celebrity and documenting themselves next to it gets them closer to their goal." Matthew Frost.
The fans don't care a whit about respecting Dunst's privacy, and just taking an image won't be enough. They believe that by sharing an image with a movie star, even if it's just in a selfie, their own list of followers will rise.
The end of the clip summarizes the main idea and worries us more: "I've got, like, 15 likes," one girl boasts, and her friend breathlessly replies, "We're going to get so many random followers that we don't even know!"
So next time you want to take a selfie with a celebrity, remember to properly introduce yourself, and have some manners. Try to remember Kristen's expressions in the film.
1. What do you think about the video?
2. Do you have a selfie with someone famous?
3. What would you do if you bumped into a celebrity?
4. What do you think about this new trend of selfies?
5. Do you think that selfies are an example of egocentrism, self promotion?