Earlier this year, Sofia Coppola's family lived what is likely every social media-wary parent's nightmare—and every rebellious teenager's dream—when her daughter 16-year-old Romy Mars, broke her parents’s rule against public social media posts to share a TikTok that almost immediately went viral. In it, the teen invited fans to, "Make a vodka sauce pasta with me because I’m grounded because I tried to charter a helicopter from New York to Maryland on my dad’s credit card because I wanted to visit a camp friend."
The decision was apparently a response to her feeling about being grounded—she explained that her parents' (Coppola and musician Thomas Mars) "biggest rule is I'm not allowed to have any public social media accounts."
"Here's why," she added, displaying a Grammy award. "Because they don't want me to be a nepotism kid, but TikTok is not gonna make me famous, so it doesn't really matter."
Though the post was quickly deleted, it nonetheless sparked a wildfire of discussion about parenting, social media, privilege—and the enduring love of camp friends. At the the time Coppola chose not to comment publicly on the incident, but in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter on her upcoming film Priscilla, she finally commented on the incident.
"We were raised to be so private, and social media is so the opposite of how I grew up," said Coppola, who herself is the daughter of director Francis Ford Coppola. "So it was the best way for her to be rebellious." She added, "I got lots of compliments on her filmmaking. And comedy. She’s funny. But people discussing my parenting publicly is not what I would’ve hoped for."
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