The new TV series directed by "Euphoria" director Sam Levinson is receiving a significant amount of criticism on Rotten Tomatoes. This popular website aggregates reviews and ratings for movies, TV shows, and streaming content.
The internet is ablaze with criticism against the new HBO TV series "The Idol," starring Lily-Rose Depp and Abel (The Weeknd), as it currently holds a 27% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Controversies of “The Idol”
"The Idol" is a TV series co-created by Sam Levinson, the director of "Euphoria," singer The Weeknd, and American producer and screenwriter Reza Fahim. While the announcement brought joy to many BlackPink fans excited to see their favorite idol, Jennie Ruby Jane, in the series, several social media users began criticizing it even before its release.
The reason behind this criticism lies in HBO's marketing of the series, which described it as originating from the "sick and twisted minds" of Levinson. The director had previously faced backlash for featuring unnecessary nudity of young women in his work, leading to a deterioration of his reputation. Actors who worked with him even called his sets "toxic." Consequently, when HBO referred to this new series as "the sleaziest love story in all of Hollywood," many people found it repulsive. Subsequently, Rolling Stone magazine released an investigation titled “The Idol”
By then, the show's reputation was ruined on social media. One Twitter user said, "I love Jennie from the bottom of my heart, but I hope no one will give credit to this show. It's a sexist work that degrades the image of women and is entirely based on sex." Another user commented, "The fact that The Idol was initially meant to explore the real struggles of a pop star, both in their public and private lives, but they bullied the female director into quitting and Sam Levinson turned it into a sexism fest... so sad to see."
The Weeknd: The New Target
If the show received a 27% score on Rotten Tomatoes after its release at the 2023 Cannes Festival, The Weeknd, the 33-year-old artist, did not escape criticism.
However, the singer of "Often" appears unfazed as he responded to these critics on his Twitter with a picture of himself smiling and the quote "jump scare," a statement commonly used by users to mock the appearance of people on social media.
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