The Weeknd has publicly responded to the backlash of his and Sam Levinsonâ€™s ongoing HBO series The Idol, as the show continues to receive heavy criticisms about the showâ€™s use ofÂ misogynistic language and the â€œcreepyâ€ aura of The Weekndâ€™s character, Tedros.
Speaking to GQ, the artist and actor clarified that all the uncomfortable moments are â€œintentional to heighten the camp of it all,â€ noting that Tedrosâ€™ looks and personality were created to give him the weird persona audiences see. â€œBut the reality is, thereâ€™s nothing really mysterious or hypnotizing about him. And we did that on purpose with his look, his outfits, his hairâ€”the guyâ€™s a douchebag,â€ The Weeknd said. â€œYou can tell he cares so much about what he looks like, and he thinks he looks good. But then you see these weird moments of him aloneâ€”he rehearses, heâ€™s calculated. And he needs to do that, or he has nothing, heâ€™s pathetic. Which is true of a lot of people who are a fish out of water, put into these scenarios.â€
He furthered touched on a viral sex scene that occurred in Episode 2, which was heavily discussed by viewers of the show and those who only saw clips of the episode on social media. â€œThereâ€™s nothing sexy about it,â€ The Weeknd shared. â€œWhen we use Basic Instinct as a reference, weâ€™re using Verhoeven. Verhoeven is the king of â€˜90s satire thrillerâ€”yes, thereâ€™s moments of â€˜sexyâ€™ in his films but there are other moments that are very cheesy and hilarious.â€
He added, â€œHow ever youâ€™re feeling watching that scene, whether itâ€™s discomfort, or you feel gross, or you feel embarrassed for the characters. Itâ€™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.â€
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