“Your job was to sit there and look pretty,” The Idol series has been criticized for exploiting BLACKPINK’s Jennie
Fans of BLACKPINK’s Jennie are furious after unnamed sources from HBO’s The Idol recently made some shocking revelations about the singer’s role in the long-awaited series.
Sources revealed to Rolling Stone magazine that BLACKPINK’s Jennie was used as bait without playing a major role in the show, which is heavily promoted under her name.
“For them it was about three or four lines per episode,” A production source told the magazine about Jennie’s rumored role on the show, though she did appear in the trailer and promotional material. “They didn’t let her talk much. His job was to sit there [et] to be pretty, basically. »
The reveal was made to Rolling Stone magazine and exposed that BLACKPINK’s Jennie’s role on HBO’s The Idol isn’t as awesome and important as fans think.
The Weeknd and Sam Levinson introduced her character as a prominent woman who identifies as bisexual and is one of the most prominent characters after Jocelyn (Lily-Rose Depp).
The anonymous sources further revealed that they wouldn’t be surprised if the show’s production used her character as one “weird bait”, This is a marketing tactic where manufacturers indicate a same-sex relationship but don’t depict it.
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The shocking revelations have shocked and angered BLACKPINK’s Jennie fans, who have taken to social media to express their disappointment at the mistreatment of the popular K-pop idol.
Additionally, fans are concerned that Sam Levinson is directing The Idol, billed as the darkest, boldest, and sexiest version of the hit song Euphoria.
The American showrunner, who previously created Euphoria, tends to glorify on-screen sexuality and nudity for views.
The unnamed production sources revealed that in addition to Sam Levinson’s glorified objectification of a woman’s sexuality and nudity, Sam Levinson reworked the entire series to fit his needs.
This came after the show’s original director, Amy Seimetz, suddenly left the project. At this point, HBO said The Idol would be undergoing a complete overhaul under the direction of Sam Levinson, as The Weeknd felt the series was taking a “female perspective” too far.
Production sources mentioned that not only did the series go over budget, but it also had to deal with multiple delays, reshoots, and rewrites.
That’s because Sam Levinson nearly scrapped the completed $54-75 million project to create a new version of The Idol with more violence, sex, and nudity.
The sources reiterated that the original version of The Idol had an important message, but The Idol, directed by Sam Levinson, is more graphic and disturbing than his previous show, Euphoria:
“It was like any robbery fantasy any toxic man on the show would have — and then the woman comes back for more because it makes her music better.”
In response to the reports, The Weeknd released an enigmatic trailer for The Idol starring him and Lily Rose-Depp with the caption “Were you hurt?”. He tagged Rolling Stone in his tweet as applauding the article against his upcoming production.
So it looks like Jennie was really taken advantage of according to the fans. Considering the direction the series has taken, it’s quite unfortunate that she has to appear in all of this. She doesn’t deserve to have her name associated with a show that not only exploits her, but is also misogynistic.
What do you think ?