The actor wants to get involve in the social media craze so she drafted in her teenage son to help explain the platform to her. The result is one of the most hilarious, truly relatable things the Oscar winner has ever done.
Hello, my name is Hannah-Rose Yee. And I am addicted to this video of Reese Witherspoon trying to make a TikTok.
It’s been a day and I’ve already watched the video six times. I watched it once more to write this story. I’ll probably save it to my phone so that I can watch it whenever I need a pick-me-up or a reminder that celebrities really are just like us.
Because in this short, minute-long video, in which Witherspoon attempts to make a TikTok with the begrudging assistance of her embarrassed teenage son Deacon, the Oscar-winning actor has never been more relatable.
In this video, Witherspoon is every mother trying to understand modern social media trends. “For all the moms out there, what is TikTok?” Witherspoon asks her 16-year-old son. “Should I be on TikTok?”
Deacon responds with, quite frankly, practiced resignation. This is the face of a teenager who is called upon often to explain youth culture to his mother. Do you think Witherspoon has asked Deacon about Minecraft? Do you think Deacon has had to explain what slime is to his mother? Do you think Witherspoon has, glass of wine in hand, sat down at their family’s sprawling kitchen island to ask Deacon “what is… a BTS?”
Judging by the way Deacon interacts with his mother in this video, undoubtedly.
At first, he explains to Witherspoon what, exactly, TikTok is and then gamely smirks his way through helping her make a TikTok of her own, including one that draws inspiration from the Mr Sandman TikTok that went viral earlier in the year.
What could be more relatable than watching a woman struggle to make sense of one of the world’s most deranged social media platforms? In this video, Reese Witherspoon is all of us trying to understand TikTok. In this video, Reese Witherspoon is the voice of her generation.
All told, Witherspoon and Deacon’s TikTok is… pretty good? The Mr Sandman one is actually kind of epic, and Witherspoon’s dance moves – despite Deacon calling them “so embarrassing” – are great.
The best bit from the video, though, is when Witherspoon and her son play-fight over what to call her newly formed TikTok channel. “ReeseTik,” Witherspoon suggests. “ReeseTok? Reese to the Tik to the Tok?”
“No,” Deacon responds. “Ssshhh.”