This kind of interaction makes the internet all worth it.
Have you seen Booksmart? You should probably see Booksmart. Not only is it already being hailed as a cult teen comedy in-the-making that portrays female friendship the way it should be done (we love you Mean Girls but you are a little… dated), it’s also an indie film, helmed by women and gut-shakingly funny.
You know who has seen Booksmart? Malala. Youngest Nobel laureate ever, Malala. Activist and Oxford University student who was shot aged 15 because of her activism in her home country of Pakistan. Malala who at 21 years old has been featured three times as one of Time magazine’s most influential people in the world and has founded an international non-profit organisation that enables education for young women. She’s watched Booksmart.
Malala has gone to a cinema (Malala does not illegally stream small independent female-led movies that need revenue to prove they should continue to get funding) and Malala has watched two best friends go on an adventure to try and make up for four years of not living their best lives.
How do we know all this? Well, Booksmart references Malala – her name is the code word best friends Molly and Amy use when communicating about secret plans. And now the actual Malala has responded (!!!) to the nod in a video. Thank you, internet.
Posted by director Adan Malik, the clip shows him in a stadium, chatting to camera.
“My favourite thing about Booksmart is—” he begins, before he’s joined by a familiar face.
“Malala!” finishes the girl, herself.
Of course, the cast responded in a calm and controlled manner.
“I HAVE NO BREATH!!!!!!” quoted-tweeted Beanie Feldstein aka The Bean aka Molly.
“I ALSO HAVE NO BREATH” replied co-star Kaitlyn Dever, who plays best friend Amy in the film.
Malala acknowledged their excitement in the most nonchalant way possible: emojis. Replying with a waving hand and a blushing face which Feldstein again responded to, writing “You are our hero. You are remarkable in every way.”
Seems like social media is good now?