New HBO teen drama Euphoria premiered on Sunday night, shocking many viewers with its explicit depictions of sex, drugs and nudity. Based on the Israeli show of the same name, the eight-part series follows a group of high school students including recovering drug addict Rue, played by former Disney Channel star Zendaya. The program had already stirred a great deal of controversy before it even aired for its unflinching look at the lives of Generation Z, with actor Brian "Astro" Bradley allegedly quitting the show after feeling uncomfortable about the sex scenes, according to the Hollywood Reporter. In the pilot episode, as well as a drug overdose, there are two particularly distressing sex scenes. One involves one teen choking another during intercourse, while another shows a year-old trans female character raped by an older man in which you see his erect penis. Viewers took to Twitter after the episode aired to express their shock at some of the scenes in the show. One person warned "Don't watch Euphoria if you are easily triggered by:. Others pointed out that the levels of nudity were similar to HBO's other infamous show, Game of Thrones. One person wrote "euphoria is out here trying to put game of thrones to shame in terms of nudity lmao," while another said, "even though i was expecting all the nudity,, it was still kinda shocking??
Oakland native sheds her Disney Channel image in provocative HBO drama
In the series, debuting Sunday, Zendaya stars as Rue, a high school junior committed to numbing herself with vodka and whatever drugs she can get her hands on, after a failed stint in rehab. Born in Oakland to schoolteacher parents, Zendaya last name Coleman landed her first Disney gig in at age There was no strategic plan. I wanted more. What do you have in common with Rue? Is the intent of the show to be deliberately provocative? People will. I kind of accepted the fact that it would be polarizing. I found a little calm in that.
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HBO's new show Euphoria has already attracted controversy over its extremely graphic content, with "close to 30 penises" appearing on screen in one episode. In the premiere alone, one character commits statutory rape with a year-old trans girl and the show's lead Rue, played by A-list star Zendaya, overdoses on drugs. The content was also too disturbing for actor Brian Bradley, 22, who shot scenes in the pilot before quitting the show, which is available to stream on Foxtel. Fans are blowing up on social media about the latest episode, which features an explicit fan-fiction sex scene between One Direction band members Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. Tomlinson addressed the scene on Twitter, declaring: "I can categorically say that I was not contacted nor did I approve it. The bizarre scene focused on writer Kat, played by Barbie Ferreira, who depicted a graphic story about "Larry Stylinson", the nickname for the fictional same-sex relationship between Styles and Tomlinson. In the animated scene, which is narrated by Rue, Styles performs oral sex on Tomlinson before one of their shows.
F ew new series have achieved such notoriety with quite the same speed as Euphoria Sky Atlantic , the teen-populated US drama that is so explicit in its weary portrait of drug use and sex that it makes Skins look positively Victorian. This pilot episode serves as both a taste and a warning: if you can accept that it depicts its world with the flippancy of an Instagram scroll, then its rewards are vast, particularly in terms of its emotional depth. Euphoria is far better than its surface look-at-me neediness, though.