Imagine this: An asteroids is about to strike Earth and end all life on Earth. There is no safe route. You’re the only one that knows about it. Who will you call? According to the new Netflix satire Don’t Look Up, you’d better get in touch with a sex hotline. That’ll ease your nerves!
Kidding, of coarse, but in Adam McKay‘s new doomsday flick, that’That’s exactly what happens. Leonardo DiCaprio‘s character, astronomer Randall Mindy, issues a statement to the world about their impending demise. In that announcement, he says that anyone looking for “peace of mind” should call a FEMA-sponsored 800 number also working with the movie’A fictional telecommunications company called BASH.
That number is real! It just leads to an active phone sex line, per The Wrap‘s reporting. A recorded message is played when you call the number. “Welcome to America’s hottest talk line. Guys, hot ladies are waiting to talk to you. Press 1 now. Ladies, to talk to interesting and exciting guys, press 2 to connect free now.”
Was this an intentional move? We don’t know! Netflix and McKay have yet to confirm or deny the intentions of the sex hotline, although it wouldn’t really make sense within the rest of the movie’s narrative. Still, McKay is known for messing around in his movies a bit — just look at the fake credits in the middle of Vice as an example.
The hotline appears to be a tool that can actually help people in the movie. “Right now, millions of you are having these same doubts and questions about the approaching comet,”Randall states this in his speech. “That is why BASH Cellular, in conjunction with the United States government, is creating a new hotline, free of charge, to answer all of your questions.”
Maybe the point is that telephone hotlines aren’t helpful in apocalyptic events. McKay – explain yourself!
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