The controversy of the hit-show Euphoria, trigger warning?

Discuss the context and content of the popular show Euphoria, most widely watched by adolescents. Consider its graphic depictions of sex, drugs, and self-harm. Many of the actors on the show have issued trigger warnings. Does the show romanticize self-harm, drug use, etc? With it’s music-video esque film style, does it glorify these issues? Or does it normalize them in a way that makes viewers feel less alone?

  • This is a super interesting and nuanced topic that I think could be written about in great depth! On one hand, I personally believe the show seems to teeter between romanticising and creating awareness, with season 2 seemingly falling more towards glorification in the earlier episodes. However, the question of the visuals impacting the core message is a super interesting one - could it be harmful to make such dark matters visually appealing and will that affect one's psyche in a manner that the show may not have intended? Great topic! – Mana 1 month ago
  • That would definitely be something interesting to explore. A really complex analysis could be made. – danitamapes 4 weeks ago
  • I think this has the potential to be a very insightful and nuanced piece! In my opinion, Euphoria likes to play up a lot of the more dramatic and explicit aspects of itself in order to create a deeper sense of investment from us. In season two in particular, I found myself disappointed after almost every episode and quite upset with how it all turned out, but like the show depicts I kept coming back. I kept chasing the potential for the show feeling good to watch again, perhaps in futility. It is certainly not the same as any serious addiction, but I think the show has ambitions to really say something about what it's like to watch and experience something so difficult. I hope this was helpful! – noahlsmith 4 weeks ago

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