The 20-year-old actor — who is currently studying music at the prestigious New York University — allowed TikTok star Caleb Simpson to film the interior of his apartment for his latest video.
But viewers were turned off by the size and presumed price of the unit, which Deacon deflected questions about.
Some commenters also assumed that the apartment was expensive enough that his parents would have to pay for it.
Fans and critics alike called the celebrity offspring a ‘nepo baby,’ a term in vogue that refers to the children of celebrities and powerful people.
Deacon shares his two-level abode with two roommates, both of whom are also NYU students, but he was coy when asked just how much he pays for rent in a prime location loved by the likes Taylor Swift and Sarah Jessica Parker.
West Village prices, man,’ he replied, before welcoming Simpson inside.Simpson captioned his post with, ‘Location: West Village. Occupation: Student,’ referring to Deacon.
However, Instagram users were annoyed that Simpson didn’t highlight Deacon’s unusual position as the son of two successful actors, and the extreme family wealth that would have come with his position in life.
‘Occupation: rich,’ wrote one mocking commenter.
Another reminded Simpson: ‘Ummm this is Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe’s son. Please don’t try to paint him like a normal college student.’
Another person wasn’t as concerned and said it was ‘nice’ to see a celebrity’s son in a ‘somewhat normal apartment.’
‘Yes it’s nice, but it’s not crazy extravagant or huge and he has roommates,’ they added.