HBO’s new series “Euphoria” is finally getting some publicity, but not the kind it was probably hoping for.
The teen drama series stars the likes of Zendaya, Maude Apatow and Eric Dane and follows a group of high school students as they navigate drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship.
The project so far has been talked about for showcasing some risque scenes from lots of sex and drug use, to one scene with an older male character sexually assaulting a teen transgirl.
However three episodes into airing of its first season and one of the more trippy sequences has now been called out – by one of the people it’s depicting, namely One Direction band member Louis Tomlinson.
Last weekend’s episode included a 90-second animated recreation of an erotic fan-fiction story featuring Tomlinson and his bandmate Harry Styles who proceed to have sex whilst on a concert tour. The clip can be found on YouTube.
As the animation is depicting real people, you would expect some sort of disclaimer warning or an approval being required from the men involved for using their likeness, but Tomlinson himself has taken to Twitter to say he was not contacted by HBO or the people behind the show: “I can categorically say that I was not contacted nor did I approve it.”
As the scene is satirical in nature, it’s likely exempt and thus the bandmates have no legal recourse. Even so, the shipping community that often is behind erotic fan-fiction have had a mixed reaction to the segment, some calling the clip disrespectful and shameful in the responses to Tomlinson’s tweet.
What will “Euphoria” do next? We’ll find out on Sunday.
I can categorically say that I was not contacted nor did I approve it.
— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) July 1, 2019
Source: The Playlist