A viral 2015 Twitter thread filled with plenty of juicy details, shocking crimes and revelations about sex trafficking has found new life on the social media platform after the trailer for the Sundance hit “Zola” was released last week.
A'Ziah "Zola" King posted a 148-tweet thread in 2015 explaining how she was roped into a series of misadventures, and misdemeanors, in Florida after befriending a fellow stripper at a Detroit Hooters, where she worked. Hours after meeting, they took what King called a "ho trip."
"Y'all wanna hear a story about why me & this b-tch here fell out?! It's kinda long but full of suspense," was how King kicked off the social media platform retelling of her adventure. The thread features photos of her and the friend turned non-friend in question.
The Twitter thread was adapted into a movie by director Janicza Bravo and Jeremy O. Harris and will be distributed by A24 when it's released at the end of June. Over this past weekend, the trailer and release date announcement prompted viral recreations of the famous Twitter thread. Users, in particular, are using the thread intro to reference famous falling-outs.
For example, one user took the same opening line to accompany images of Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield as Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin from the 2010 movie, "The Social Network." Another uses Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff and Kathryn Hahn as Agatha Harkness from "Wandavision."
King's thread tells a wild story of how Zola and her questionable new friend, Jessica, head down to Florida and are ensnared in a sex trafficking operation. At various points, Jessica is kidnapped, there’s a suicide attempt, and even murder. By the end, one man is behind bars and has been connected to a series of killings.
Trust us, it’s much more compelling if you read the thread line-by-line in King's words.
King admitted to embellishing some of the details in that thread in a 2015 Rolling Stone interview but maintains that plenty of the story is true.
“I made people who probably wouldn’t want to hear a sex trafficking story want to be a part of it,” she says, “because it was entertaining.”
Now, that entertaining story is the basis of “Zola,” which recreates the juicy story in vivid detail and an innovative style.
“This is messy. You are messy. Your brain is broke!” Zola tells Jessica in the trailer, which dropped on Wednesday.
The movie, which stars Taylour Paige, Riley Keough, and Nicholas Braun, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2020. It hits theaters on June 30.
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