Video of Titanic-Themed Pool Party Sparks Outrage: 'Pretty Disrespectful'

A viral Titanic-themed party has split the internet, after a clip from the night gained over 2.5 million views online.

TikTok user Eirunn, @eirunneba, was forced to defend the pool party, which saw guests dress up, after some viewers criticized it for "celebrating" the tragedy of Titanic.

"Went to a Titanic party where no phones were allowed," she wrote on-screen, showing her costume which she said was inspired by the dinner scene of the 1997 movie.

"Lucking someone snuck their phone in to capture the ship sinking," she added, before attaching a clip from the night.

The video showed party-goers in the pool fully clothed in their Titanic costumes. Most were in circles with their arms around one another, singing along to "My Heart Will Go On," while some were sitting atop life-raft inflatables.

The video can also be seen in full here.

With so many views, the party theme gained criticism online from those who suggested it celebrated, or made a novelty of, such a tragic event. The RMS Titanic sank on April 15, 1912, and led to the deaths of over 1,500 people.

"Imagine telling survivors like 100 years ago there would be actual parties of such a tragedy," wrote one user.

"So you guys are basically celebrating the biggest cruise ship accident ever happened and the death of more than 1,500 people? Nice work," added another.

"This was pretty disrespectful, but go on about how it was a 'fun' little themed party with your friends," commented one displeased viewer.

One user wrote: "It was fine until y'all were in a pool? You can have a fun Titanic party without doing that."

@eirunneba took to her comments however to defend the party, saying that they were not re-enacting the drowning scene and that it was simply inspired by the movie rather than the event itself. "You guys need to chill with making this something it's not. No one is pretending to drown, we are singing and dancing to the music played in the movie."

"The theme was the romantic movie Titanic, where my actor friends played out the iconic scenes and sang the songs."

An influx of users agreed with @eirunneba, and defended the party theme in the comments. "Y'all out here criticizing the theme but probably watched the movie that profited (billions) off this tragedy," wrote one user.

"They are celebrating the amazing film we all know and love. They aren't celebrating the actual horrible ship wreck, Y'all too sensitive for real," added another.

The divide in opinions created is just the latest in a long line of videos that have split viewers on TikTok, especially in relation to the handling of tragedies.

In July, TikTok user and true-crime fan Lydia Dupra similarly divided the app after showing herself purchasing tap water from notorious serial killer Richard Ramirez's room at the Cecil Hotel.

Dupra told Newsweek that she paid $500 for the water, which actually turned out to be from Elisa Lam's room, whose body was mysteriously found in the hotel's water tank during her stay.

She did eventually get a bottle of Ramirez's room's tap water too, but not without criticism. Just like the true-crime community itself, Dupra's decision to collect the tap water has garnered criticism online, with many suggesting it's disrespectful and tone deaf.

Newsweek has contacted @eirunneba for comment.

The Titanic floating in sea
The luxury White Star liner "Titanic," which sank on its maiden voyage to America in 1912, seen here on trials in Belfast Lough. Getty Images