the idol Star Jane Adams has defended the controversial HBO show against criticism of its treatment of female characters.
Two months before the show’s June 4 release Rolling Stone published an exposé with anonymous interviews with those who worked on the series. They claimed that co-creators Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye and Sam Levinson (euphoria) had “disgustingly derailed” the show to create drama “about a man being allowed to abuse this woman and she loves it.”
The show was then condemned by critics after its Cannes premiere as “shameful” and compared to pornography, with some noting the skimpy clothing worn by 24-year-old Lily-Rose Depp to portray the series’ lead actress, Jocelyn.
However, Depp has defended the show on numerous occasions, praising director Levinson and saying that her character’s “occasional nudity” is intended to physically reflect her emotional state.
Adams, who plays ruthless record label exec Nikki Katz on the series, narrated Vanity Fair that supposedly feminist critics refused to hear what the female cast members were saying about the show.
“What’s amazing to me is nobody’s listening — I’ve never seen that in all my days, such a dogged ‘We refuse to change the narrative,'” Adams, 58, said.
“I want to say, most importantly, to all feminists, ‘F*** yourself!’ All of these women I work with talk about their experiences and you don’t listen. You’re not listening!”
The actress best known for her work in indie projects as Eternal sunshine of the immaculate mindadded: “Freedom of expression is license to offend, period, period.
“The funniest thing for me is insulting a group of people no matter what you do.”
Also in a recent interview with The IndependentAdams’ co-star Hank Azaria (who plays Jocelyn’s manager Chaim) affirmed of the show’s numerous nude scenes that “there was a tremendous amount of respect, cooperation, feedback, and checking in from Sam to make sure everyone was happy with what was going on were”. .
“I understand that everyone is discouraged or excited by what they see. That is understandable. All I can say is that a lot of care was taken in the making of everyone,” he said.
Adams was praised for her performance on the show, which was otherwise postponed.
The five-episode drama ended on Sunday (July 2) with a controversial twist that left viewers stunned.
All episodes of the idol will be streamed on NOW in the UK and Max in the US.