Ever since Titanic made its debut at the movie theatres in December 1997 and quickly became the biggest movie of all time, there has been one central debate surrounding the historical film — was there really not enough room on the wood for both Jack and Rose to survive?
Now, thanks to Adele’s 30th birthday party, we have a new debate brewing around the iconic film. Is it poor taste to throw a Titanic-themed birthday party?
Celebrating her 30th birthday this past weekend, Adele threw a Titanic-themed party to ring in the next decade. Looking like Kate Winslet’s body double, Adele wore a beaded dress to get into the mode of Rose DeWitt, looking strikingly similar to Winslet’s famous character.
Adele Instagrammed a few pictures from the evening, including her standing at the top of a staircase that looks straight out of James Cameron’s blockbuster film, as well as a pic of the singer arriving in a vintage car. Adele wrote that her 30th birthday party was ‘the best night of her life’ and thanked her friends and family for indulging her love of Titanic, the movie.
Dirty 30! I’m not sure what I’m going to do for the next 30 years as I’ve been blessed beyond words in my life so far. Thank you to everyone for coming along for the ride the last 11 years with me. My family and friends for entertaining my super fandom of the Titanic movie. Last night was the best night of my life. Here’s a couple pics. I’m absolutely fucked, not sure I’ll make it out the house again! Ps Childish Gambino how the hell do you have time to offer us so much greatness on so many platforms. I adore you x
This is where things get a bit tricky.
It’s no surprise that Adele wanted to play Rose for the evening. How many among us watched Titanic for the first time and declared with certainty that we would marry Leonardo DiCaprio one day? Thousands? Millions? It’s gotta be in the millions. Adele has also declared her love for Titanic in the past, including the time she met Céline Dion while wearing a Titanic-themed sweatshirt.
I had a pretty rough time during the last couple of weeks…a lot of people have been hit with cold and flu bugs… but I’m doing much better now. Wasn’t able to do all my shows, but was thrilled that Adele came to one of them…. I love her so much!! // Les deux dernières semaines ont été difficiles pour moi. Nous avons été plusieurs à être affectés par le rhume ou la grippe, mais sachez que je vais beaucoup mieux maintenant. Je n’ai pas été en mesure de monter sur scène pour tous mes spectacles, mais je suis ravie qu’Adele ait pu venir assister à l’un d’eux… Je l’aime tellement !! – Céline xx… : Cashman
Adele enjoyed the evening with some of her famous friends, including Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul, who looked ready to dance the Irish jig in third class.
Beats 1 host Zane Lowe could have doubled for Rose’s fiancé Cal Hockely, looking very dapper in his tux.
Chatty man Alan Carr appeared to be dressed as the unsinkable Molly Brown.
Mark Ronson wore fake icicles in his hair to play a member of the first class who didn’t survive the sinking.
And director Sam Taylor-Johnson danced with Adele in a life jacket.
Parties with themes around movies are common, but what happens when the movie is based on actual events that resulted in more than 1,500 people dying? Let’s not forget, the Titanic sinking was a historical event in which people died horrific deaths in freezing water at sea.
Of course, celebrating a movie is one thing, but can you separate the movie from the actual event it’s based on? This would be an easier pill to swallow without the fake ice and the life jackets. If the party only focused on the first hour and a half of the movie, it would feel less morose.
Fans on social media are speaking out about the Titanic theme, with reactions mixed.
I know I’m “easily offended” // harshly critical but is anyone else disturbed that #Adele had a #Titanic themed bday party where they wore life jackets on the dance floor? Like maybe partying whilst mimicing the absolute horror of a ship sinking in the Atlantic isnt cool? pic.twitter.com/HFiZEsXCxo
— Kerri Claire (@kerriclrneil) May 7, 2018
*clears throat* PEOPLE DIED https://t.co/LgSC3r4jXz
— David Mack (@davidmackau) May 7, 2018
having a “titanic-themed” party is insensitive. people died and adele’s making it a cool party theme. nice. you could’ve just made the theme “20s” or “vintage” or whatever,,,
— trish feinberg (@euphorising) May 7, 2018
Isn’t this kinda/very inappropriate? Adele’s Titanic themed birthday party had them dancing in life jackets… Thousands of people actually died. pic.twitter.com/Ya0xOEarfH
— regina phalange (@FightOnGaga) May 7, 2018
— Call Me By My @ (@NotAgainBen) May 7, 2018
I have to say, these looks were made for Adele, remake Titanic shot for shot with her and either CGI Leo or real Harry Styles https://t.co/epjUUyRPxr
— A.B. (@AlannaBennett) May 7, 2018
Other celebrities have literally NOTHING on Adele’s parties idc. She does not hold back.
— Jen Adkins (@weakforadele) May 7, 2018
So, Titanic-themed parties. Yay or nay?