HBO is pushing sexual boundaries with its upcoming present, “Euphoria,” to such an extent that one media watchdog group is asking for the community’s dad or mum firm AT&T to tug the plug earlier than it makes it into households’ dwelling rooms.
Created by Sam Levinson, son of Hollywood uber-director Barry Levinson, the drama sequence follows a bunch of highschool college students “as they navigate love and friendships in a world of medicine, intercourse, trauma, and social media,” per the present’s official logline. However the sequence has come below harsh criticism by some, who discover its content material far too graphic and specific for the teenager viewers it seeks to draw.
In a single episode, per the Hollywood Reporter, “near 30 penises flash onscreen” and within the premiere one character “commits statutory rape with a 17-year-old trans lady” and the present’s lead, Zendaya, 22, overdoses on medication.
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Actually, the content material is so disturbing that actor Brian “Astro” Bradley, 22, who shot scenes within the pilot episode, reportedly opted to stop the sequence.
Dad and mom Tv Council President Tim Winter warned in a press launch that “HBO, with its new highschool centered present ‘Euphoria,’ seems to be overtly, deliberately, advertising extraordinarily graphic grownup content material – intercourse, violence, profanity and drug use – to teenagers and preteens.”
Winter defined to Fox Information that regardless that HBO has mentioned this present was meant for adults, that idea “was completely refuted by the showrunner as a result of [Levinson] mentioned that ‘dad and mom will freak over this present.’ That could be a demonstration of who he’s focusing on with this present. HBO is now internationally advertising this content material to youngsters.”
HBO programming president Casey Bloys beforehand insisted, “[Euphoria’s] not for everybody” — it’s going to inevitably get folks speaking” however “it is not sensational to be sensational” and supported Levinson’s darker-themed strategy to rising up a teen in 2019 as a result of many the scenes are taken immediately from his life.
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“It could appear boundary-pushing, and the concept of placing them on TV could also be, however any individual lived them,” Bloys added.
Winter refutes the HBO exec’s rationalization, regardless that he says he is not watched the present (it has not but aired).
He mentioned to Fox Information, “What HBO is doing with this present is taking probably the most excessive conduct that a young person can expertise and normalizing it. The content material that youngsters eat impacts their views and their behaviors. They’re influenced — their conduct, values, and beliefs about society [are shaped] by what they eat in leisure.”
And Winter would not really feel a mature ranking or warning is sufficient to deter teenagers from watching the content material. He implores HBO and it is bigger firm AT&T to cease airing it. “They’ve a duty,” mentioned Winter.
HBO did reportedly push again on two scenes: a graphic delivery scene that featured a close-up of a vagina and a scene within the second episode which depicted dozens of bare boys. Bloys identified that HBO’s dad or mum firm hardly ever interferes with the premium community’s inventive course of.
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“Nobody has come to us and mentioned, ‘Hey, tone this down,'” he admitted. “The one factor they’ve achieved is given us more cash and mentioned, ‘Maintain doing what you are doing.'”
The present, which is loosely based mostly on the Israeli TV present of the identical identify, additionally stars Maude Apatow, the daughter of Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann, and is executive-produced by Drake and Future the Prince.