The Weeknd, as Abel Tesfaye, addresses the backlash to a controversial sex scene in the second episode of the series. Idol in a new interview with GQ Published Tuesday.
Many viewers were deeply moved by the scene where pop star Jocelyn (Lily-Rose Depp) masturbates blindfolded. I’ll strangle you with my dick.”
“I will never see The Weeknd the same again from now on,” one person said.
For months, The Weeknd continued in the habit of dismissing any journalist or critic who said it indifferently. Idolco-created euphoria Tsar Sam Levinson sounded like “a rape fantasy any poisonous man can have.”
“I was prosecuted all along,” The Weeknd shrugged. Report in April. “My stuff has always been provocative.”
But now, The Weeknd seems to be changing his strategy. Take it or leave it—rather than perpetuating it, we are the provocateurs he and Levinson prefer—”My wife told me [Rolling Stone] Article, I looked at it and said, ‘I think we’re about to put on the biggest show of the summer,'” Levinson said at Cannes – his GQ Interview slaps of a man trying to explain that he’s not a power-hungry perv, he’s just playing a pervert on TV.
The Weeknd insists there’s “nothing sexy” in Episode 2 sex scene GQ, continues, “When we use Basic Instinct We use Verhoeven as a reference. Verhoeven is the king of ’90s satirical thriller – yes there are ‘sexy’ moments in his movies but there are other very cheesy and funny moments too. No matter how you feel watching that scene, whether you feel uncomfortable, disgusted, or embarrassed for the characters. The sum of all these emotions means: This man is out of line, this is a situation where he shouldn’t be here.”
However, months ago, a source said rolling rock The Weeknd and Levinson’s overhaul of the show is partly because the “Blinding Lights” singer wanted a “show all about it.”
“Abel came to us with a sales pitch,” Levinson said. W magazine in May. “He said something I will always remember: ‘If I wanted to start a cult, I could.’”
“What he meant was that his fans were loyal and devoted enough to follow him everywhere,” Levinson added. “That was the seed of the idea Idol: What if a pop star falls in love with the wrong guy and no one speaks up?
So which one – the Tedros character, “over his head,” as The Weeknd calls it today? GQ; “Someone who has nothing really mysterious or hypnotic about him?”
Or is it a figure invented by The Weeknd, inspired by her own personality, who can’t help being fascinated by a defenseless woman who is so attractive and has all the power of persuasion?
There’s nothing wrong with imagining a self-made villain character; but if you’ve decided to push the boundaries by putting on a show that claims it doesn’t discriminate between appropriate and inappropriate desire, don’t suddenly start arguing that, no, your sexy, sexy show isn’t supposed to be that sexy One moment.
It is spineless and there is no such thing as a half provocateur.