The Idol controversy explained: Why Sam Levinson's new HBO series is being called toxic
Culture critics Rad Simonpillai and Sarah-Tai Black unpack the controversy surrounding the new HBO series
The new HBO series The Idol premiered on June 4, but for months, it's been making headlines for what some viewers are saying is the glamorization of toxic masculinity in TV storylines.
Sam Levinson is the show's director. He's also the creator of the award-winning HBO series Euphoria, which had its own share of criticisms and controversies — something Levinson is known for leaning into and capitalizing on.
WATCH | Official trailer for HBO's The Idol:
Panel produced by Tyrone Callender.