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Euphoria co-producer passionately defends divisive new season amid fan backlash

SJ Zhang February 7, 2022
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Zendaya in Euphoria.

Zendaya in Euphoria. (HBO)

Euphoria co-producer Jeremy O Harris has taken to Twitter to defend the show as a work of “cinema”.

From claims it is glamourising drug abuse to complaints it is putting style over substance, reviews for Euphoria season two have been mixed, to say the least. As Digital Spy put it, “the problem is, season two doesn’t quite seem to know the story it wants to tell”.

Whilst the teen drama has never shied away from addressing difficult topics, there has been criticism of the show’s gratuitous nudity and violence, as well as scenes depicting a man teaching a queer woman how to perform oral sex. And the less said about Jules’ disappointing character development, the better.

Fans have taken to Twitter to vent their frustration at showrunner Sam Levinson. One wrote: “There’s no way he had two years to make season two and this is what we get”. Another Euphoria fan suggested that he “should just pass the pen to Hunter and Zendaya”.

The show has also been criticised by the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program (D.A.R.E.) for its portrayal of addiction. In a statement, D.A.R.E lambasted the hit drama for “[choosing] to misguidedly glorify and erroneously depict high school student drug use, addiction, anonymous sex, violence and other destructive behaviors as common and widespread in today’s world.”

 

In response to the backlash, Euphoria co-producer Jeremy O Harris has leapt to defend the season, asking fans to “stop talking s**t about my boy Sam Levinson”.

He argued that season two “is made for ppl with an intellect for CINEMA and not the impatience of TELEVISION”.

He later added: “I see this season of Euphoria as a Gesamtkunstwerk that rejects the ‘episode’ by ‘episode’ mentality of most shows. I hope this episode inspires more patience in how the piece will feel as a whole when it’s done. Think of it like Dickens’ periodicals and not serialized tv.

Some fans backed him up, with one writing: “Sam Levinson deserves every accolade for not shying away from showing the devastating effects of drug addiction.”

Despite the controversies, Euphoria continues to break viewer records and the series has just been renewed for a third season.

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