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The new HBO series “The Idol” Scandalise the Cannes Film Festival 2023

On Monday night, (May 22), the new HBO series, The Idol, had its world premiere at Cannes Film Festival. The series received a standard-measured five-minute standing ovation.

After the screening the director of the series, Sam Levinson, had tears in his eyes and he explained that he’s “proud of this show, proud of how we made this show”. Later on, he also complimented the cast members saying that “I feel like I gained a family, I know that’s a little culty, but that’s how it feels”.

The star, The Weeknd, was the one who pitched the concept of “The Idol” to HBO in the first place. In this musical drama, he makes his acting debut. The Weeknd stars alongside Lily-Rose Depp, who plays the part of a pop star in crisis. The Weeknd, plays the part of Tedros who is a leader of a cult that takes the opportunity to seduce Jocelyn (played by Lily-Rose Depp).

“Rolling Stone” reported that the production of “The Idol” has been marred with controversy. The Weeknd responded to this with a tweet that consisted of a clip from “The Idol” where his character says “Rolling Stone? Aren’t they a little.... irrelevant?” In an interview with Vanity Fair, he explained this by saying “I thought the article was ridiculous. I wanted to give a ridiculous response to it”.

Now there is a lot of talk that the series scandalise the Cannes Film Festival with its extreme sexual scenes. Most critics at the Cannes Film Festival were put off by the extreme kink that was shown in the series. Deadline, for instance, explained that it was “hard to know what to say” about “The Idol”.



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