Giulia Nati, 32, posted a video on Instagram with a caption stating, “I need a new wish,” showing her lying in bed with an oxygen mask and a tube connecting her arm to a Hermès handbag like an IV drip. The clip, featuring seven more Hermès purses on her bedside table, received over 17,600 likes, but some criticized it as insensitive.
Venezuelan-born actress Carolina Marconi, a former oncology patient, found the image sad rather than humorous, expressing the harsh reality of hospital conditions. Nati responded, acknowledging Marconi’s experience, emphasizing the video’s light-hearted intent, and sharing her own family’s battles with illness.
Despite criticism, others, including burn survivor YouTuber Týnuš Třešničková, appreciated the video’s concept and argued for a sense of humor on the internet. Disagreement arose, with some condemning Nati’s humor as offensive, particularly from individuals with personal connections to cancer.
Nati defended her post on Instagram, pointing out the support it received from 17,000 people against 2,000 criticisms, highlighting the subjective nature of humor on social media.