Like a mob boss who no longer needs his henchman, Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye is ready to kill off The Weeknd. Abel spilled that after he releases the album he’s currently working on, he’s going to kill off his The Weeknd persona since he’s “said everything” he can say at this point while under his current stage name. Well, maybe now that he’s 33, he’s getting bored with crooning about doing drugs at the club with hot chicks and will now start crooning about grown-up problems like the struggles of staying awake while watching a movie or figuring out what to cook for dinner. Just call him The Weekdy!
The Weeknd And Lily-Rose Depp Respond To Rolling Stone’s Report That Their Show “The Idol” Is A Disturbing Train Wreck
The Idol, an upcoming HBO show starring singer Abel “The Weeknd“ Tesfaye and nepo baby, Lily-Rose Depp, made headlines yesterday after a Rolling Stone article alleged that the show is a mess both behind and in front of the cameras. The show, which was co-created by Euphoria’s Sam Levinson, got an overhaul last year and allegedly because The Weeknd didn’t like that episodes were focused too much on “the female perspective.” The Idol’s original director, Amy Seimetz, ended up leaving the show, and Sam Levinson took over. And well, 13 people who worked on the show during its overhaul claim that Sam’s scripts involved Lily-Rose’s character getting raped and beaten. HBO already responded to the article and defended The Idol and its creators, but didn’t address any of the specific allegations. Now it’s The Weeknd and Lily-Rose’s turn to defend the show from RS’ article, and The Weeknd is definitely pissy about it. Not as mad as when he didn’t get a Grammy nomination, but he called RS “irrelevant” on Twitter and Instagram–so he obviously really wants us to know it.
Sources Claim The Weeknd’s “The Idol” Has Veered Into “Torture Porn” Territory Under Sam Levinson’s Direction
Hopper Penn owes Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye a great big thanks because the “nepo baby” debate just got a lot more sinister thanks to accusations that already suspect Euphoria creator Sam Levinson, son of director Barry Levinson, has driven his already wobbly starring vehicle, The Idol, straight off a cliff and into a sea of sexually exploitative “torture porn.” And apparently, The Weeknd and Johnny Depp‘s kid, Lily Rose Depp, are all in for the ride. But according to Rolling Stone, much of the show’s crew are disgusted with the direction the show has taken since The Idol’s original director, Amy Seimetz, “suddenly exited with roughly 80 percent of the six-episode series finished” last April. Sources claim that under Sam’s direction, “It went from satire to the thing it was satirizing.”
Anyone who’s been keeping tabs on the progress that Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye has been making with his and Sam Levinson’s HBO drama The Idol has had to keep their head on a swivel as the direction of the show and the members of the cast have been as back and forth as The Weeknd and Bella Hadid’s messy past relationship status. Last month, a teaser featuring cocaine, sex, and darkly lit rooms was released, which was to be expected since Sam, the controversial director of Euphoria, and The Weeknd, who loves coke, are at the helm. No premiere date for the show–which is about “a self-help guru and leader of a modern-day cult, who develops a complicated relationship with an up-and-coming pop idol–has been given, but we may be getting closer since this weekend The Weeknd played a new teaser for The Idol at his Saturday night concert in Las Vegas, according to Variety.
Well, after we heard the news that The Weeknd’s scripted show, The Idol, got overhauled and the show’s co-creator Sam Levinson (who also created Euphoria) was hit with more allegations of him being an on-set asshole and creep, we now have a trailer for it. And this trailer is sponsored by: COCAINE.
In between his busy schedule of recording music and being a general eccentric, The Weeknd is currently working on a TV series for HBO called The Idol, a drama about a female pop star, played by Lily-Rose Depp, who gets involved with a Los Angeles club owner-turned-secret cult member, played by The Weeknd. The show is co-created by The Weeknd’s long-term producing partner Reza Fahim and Euphoria creator Sam Levinson. So yes, it sounds like the perfect recipe for an HBO-style visual mess. Except it turns out that it’s already pretty messy behind the scenes. According to several sources, people are dropping from the project left and right, and some of the reason might be because The Weeknd thought the show was deviating from the real star of the show (aka The Weeknd).