Don't Worry Darling, a movie starring Harry Styles, Florence Pugh and Chris Pine and directed by Olivia Wilde, has been in the news for weeks due to reported behind-the-scenes drama.
On Monday, September 5, the movie had a drama-filled premiere at the Venice Film Festival. During the 4 minute standing ovation, Styles grabbed co-star Nick Kroll and kissed him in a fit of unbridled delight.
In the video taken by Variety co-editor in chief Ramin Setoodeh, the pair then chuckle and hug as the crowd erupts in applause.
Reactions online have been generally positive—while sometimes commenting this makes the complicated drama of the movie continue.
But first, the commentary from the LGBTQ+ community.
Others are a little fed up with what they deem to be queerbaiting on Styles' part.
Another person pointed out this is an odd reaction from Styles to the ongoing rumors about his alleged sexual orientation.
Some commented on how this further complicates the already messy relationships and publicity around the cast, especially that Styles did this during a 5-minute standing ovation for the movie his alleged girlfriend directed, while standing next to her.
Others are just fully fed up with the drama around this entire movie's cast, process, publicity tour and premiere.
One person likened it to the plot of Singin' in the Rain—a movie musical about the process of developing a film involving messy intra-cast relationships and a publicity tour that is somehow still less dramatic than this real life one.
Finally, some commenters had a salient question: why was Nick Kroll...there?
Kroll—who is better known for his comic work on shows like Big Mouth—was a member of the cast, but culturally this is a bit outside his usual wheelhouse so people were confused.
The movie isn't completely out yet, so the drama will probably keep on coming.