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A Yemeni fighter on a hijacked ship has gone viral for being the “hot Houthi pirate” — and even he is among those disgusted by the focus on his movie-star looks rather than his anti-Israel militancy.
The wavy-haired TikToker named Rashid Al Haddad, 19, posted a video of himself near the Galaxy Leader vessel which was seized by an Iran-backed group in November last year. He posted another video of him posing on the deck of the tanker, with a white and black Yemeni flag in the background.
Netizens quickly noticed Mr. Haddad’s likeness to Hollywood actor Timothee Chalamet, who is well-known for his appearances in Little Women, Wonka, Dune, and the French Dispatch, after seeing his video.
However, Rashid has also said he is a self-proclaimed ‘Red Sea pirate’, and while not a member of the Yemeni group, said he is ‘ready for sacrifice and longing for martyrdom’ while supporting the group’s actions in the region in solidarity with Palestine.
He also asked his admirers to stop gushing over his looks, said he does not appreciate the comparisons with the Wonka star.
Reacting to his post, one user dubbed him, “Tim-Houthi Chalamet.”
Another user joked on X, “Why is Timothy Chalamet working with the Houthis?”
Another user commented that Mr Rashid should try modelling, “That guy should be a model.”
“Shiver me timbers,” the fourth user wrote.
Meanwhile, at the 81st Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles, Timothee Chalamet was on a date with rumoured girlfriend Kylie Jenner.
On the official X (previously known as Twitter) handle of Golden Globes, a picture of Timothee and Kylie sitting together and smiling was shared. The caption accompanying the photo from the award night read, “Some people take their date to the movies, and others take them to the Golden Globes.”