The Weeknd has responded to the criticism of that sex scene in episode two of HBO's The Idol, saying it's not meant to be "sexy" after the controversial scene received backlash after airing on Sunday (11th June).
In The Idol, The Weeknd plays Tedros, a rat-tailed self help guru and cult leader who begins a relationship with a mega pop star Jocelyn (Lily-Rose Depp) who is trying to make a comeback in her career.
The graphic sex scene in episode two sees a fully clothed Tedros demand a naked Jocelyn carries out his sexual fantasies, with Tedros at one point saying: "f**king stretch that tiny little p***y."
British GQ even called the scene the "worst sex scene in history." Yikes.
THAT sex scene on The Idol was sooooo uncalled for Omg. I don’t know what to say. There’s sexy and there’s whatever the fuck that was
— Bingo Bango (@nopelady2) June 12, 2023
— Game of Throats 🇬🇾🏳️🌈 (@TopherFrance) June 13, 2023
And now in an interview with GQ, The Weeknd has clarified the scene wasn't actually intended to be sexy and described his character as a "loser".
When asked by the publication if viewers are meant to find the moment sexy, The Weeknd said: "No. There’s nothing sexy about it."
He went onto say: "How ever you’re feeling watching that scene, whether it’s discomfort, or you feel gross, or you feel embarrassed for the characters. It’s all those emotions adding up to: This guy is in way over his head, this situation is one where he is not supposed to be here."
The Weeknd added they want to play with tone and emotions throughout the series. "No matter how dark a scene is, you can find the comedy in it," he explained.
Well, we guess that clears things up?
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