Hello, friends. What you are about to watch is the most 2021 thing ever — and one of the reasons why we love TikTok:
In the viral video — which has over 8 million views — a man named Drew says, "I hate to be the one to stick my nose where it doesn't belong, but if your name is Marissa — please listen up. I just walked by your friends, and I need to tell you the weekend you're away is not the only time they could do their birthday party. They are choosing to do it the weekend you're away, and you need to know. TikTok, help me find Marissa!"
And, as we all know, the power of TikTok is REAL, because Marissa saw the video the next day and made this follow-up:
"OK, so, my name's Marissa. Hi. I live in New York City and I saw this video and I'm dueting it because in the last two hours, I've had over 25, 30 people send it to me. People I haven't even talked to since high school sent it to me. And I literally went out of town this weekend. I went on a road trip with a few of my friends — and one of my friends had a birthday party this weekend and she knew I was going out of town and wouldn’t reschedule it."
Marissa did, indeed, get Drew's attention after her video received over 3 million views. BuzzFeed spoke to both Marissa and Drew, who said they became instant friends. "We met at Madison Square Park and had coffee together. I saw her walking up Broadway and we immediately ran into each other's arms! This is probably the most unique 'how we met' story I will ever have, so I'm really looking forward to furthering my friendship with Marissa," said Drew.
Marissa said that when she first saw Drew's video, she felt a little freaked out and embarrassed. "I felt played, but realized that if I instantly thought the video was about them [her friends], then the friendship probably wasn’t the best for me anyway," she said.
She added, "Even now, I haven’t confronted them at all. I know they have seen the videos, so it’s definitely on their radar. I decided to not even waste the energy on trying to talk to them about it. I’m a fairly upbeat person, so this took a minute to fully hit me in the heart. After a few hours, though, I had so much positivity flowing in from messages and comments from strangers trying to contact me about being friends/how they wanted to be friends, so I thought, 'Why should I waste my time trying to talk to bad friends?'"