Alex, I keep seeing TikToks about “The Babies of Nebo”. What is Nebo’s baby and why do we hate them?
The answer to your first question is easy: nepo is short for “nepotism.” And child, in this case, means the child of someone who is already successful. You don’t have to be a kid to be a toddler. It is a phrase for all ages.
The baby talk about nepotism started in February with a tweet about the cast of the TV series Euphoria.
This tweet is amazing for several reasons. The first is that the “film director” in question is Judd Apatow, one of the most powerful producers in Hollywood. In addition, as the Internet later discovered, the show From Euphoria, Sam Levinson, is the child of Nebo himself (his father directed Good Morning, Vietnam).
By the time this hadith appeared, the rhetoric of nepotism had reached a fever pitch (and was shortened to nepo because: too many syllables). Dozens of boisterous young celebrities, from Zoë Kravitz to Maya Hawke and Dakota Johnson, have been featured on TikTok for their famous families (yes, anyone who was old enough to read People magazine in 2007 already knew).
But many who weren’t old enough to read People magazine in 2007 learned for the first time that newborn babies filled their screens; Their airwaves are the pages of their glossy magazines and generally get major creative breaks before anyone else in their age group (we know).
Now, on to the next part of your question: Why do we hate them?
Obviously we don’t. We are fascinated by celebrity babies and always have been. We also don’t think newborns lack talent (shout out to favorite Mary Shelley).
But we too discontent they.
Why are we talking about this now?
After a lot dialogue In the early months of the year (the most glamorous in this hot Bloomberg shot Open Your Mind to the Benefits of Nepotism) the whole thing began in earnest when New York magazine dropped a downright incredible cover, celebrating the year of the nepo baby and a flowchart of all the Hollywood genealogy hook-ups.
Are there any Hollywood stars who it’s not Nebo children? I thought this was the accepted way to enter.
Yes, there are Hollywood stars who aren’t Nebo babies. For example, some have stage moms. But still, it is difficult for non-communicators.
If we all know this is going on, and having connections is a recognized way to get ahead in this industry, I suppose the new kids themselves are pretty chill and open about their privilege?
I once saw Connor Cruz DJ next to his dad’s wax mannequin in LA, so yeah, some newborns are pretty vocal about that. But many are not fond of the tone of the current discourse. We know because they get asked about it in interviews. “It’s weird for me to shortchange someone with the idea that they only exist because that’s a generational thing,” Lily-Rose Depp, who one could argue has as much benefit from inherited cheekbones as her inherited fame, told Elle. This prompted many supermodels to take their vocals to Instagram Stories.
Meanwhile, Zoe Kravitz, revisiting talking points from the aforementioned Bloomberg hot shot, told GQ, “It’s totally normal for people to be in a family business.”
Gwyneth Paltrow, in conversation with fellow NEBO Hailey Bieber (nee Baldwin), explained how family bonds can actually be disAdvantage, because “once you have your foot in the door, which you unfairly walked into, then you have to work twice as hard and be twice as good” (we… no).
And just two days ago, Lily Allen, Not unreasonably‘, stating that being a child of a celebrity isn’t easy (we knew it).
Is that just a Hollywood thing?
As Lily Allen noted, new babies are everywhere! (Hi, Justin Trudeau.) While nepo baby gossip has mostly centered around the most obvious examples (famous people), the outrage underpinning it is broader.
Inherited wealth makes it easy to get ahead All industry. Which is why a deep dive for New York Magazine draws a clear distinction between being a baby boomer and simply being rich.
Because existence Not only Inherited wealth, however Also A parent who can get their foot in the door for you makes success a whole lot easier again.
If a field is highly compensated, highly valued, or highly visible (hello, journalism), you can bet that you’ll find second or third generation strains (fourth, in the case of Drew Barrymore) working within it.
So, is it just Gen Z doing the discovery that every generation is doing, that Merit is a lie and all scales are rigged?
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