HBO might think it’s revolutionary to show zendaya snorts it up on camera, but a group just says no to TV drug use … yep, you guessed it!
The good people at DARE (yes, it still exists, even in 2022) comment on what they say is the glamorization of drug use – and in many cases abuse – which is portrayed through the hit series “Euphoria”, especially right now, as season 2 kicks off.
A DARE representative tells TMZ … “Instead of promoting each parent’s desire to keep their children safe from the potentially dire consequences of drug abuse and other high-risk behaviors, HBO’s television drama, Euphoria“erroneously chooses to glorify and erroneously portray high school students’ drug use, addiction, anonymous sex, violence, and other destructive behaviors as common and prevalent in today’s world.”
Just to give you an example of how dark this program is, Zendaya’s character, Rue, actually almost OD’s during an episode this season … and ironically, she’s taking even more drugs to prevent it. And yes, it’s shown in graphic detail … just like a lot of sex and other taboo topics covered in the series.
The EPs have said that their approach to all this is “honest”, but DARE says otherwise … and adds: “It is unfortunate that HBO, social media, TV program reviewers and paid commercials have chosen to mention the show as ‘groundbreaking,’ rather than recognizing the potential negative consequences for school-age children who today face unsurpassed risks and mental health challenges. “
Now, DARE is here not just to criticize … they say they actually want to work together to help send the right message to kids in real life, “We would like to welcome the opportunity of our team, including members of our high school middle school Advocacy Board, to meet with people on HBO who are involved in producing Euphoria to present our concerns directly. “
If this attitude appears outdated, then there is a reason for it … DARE was super popular in the 80s and 90s, especially with Nancy Reagan behind the “Just Say No” campaign. But while that slogan may be dated, DARE says that everything they stand for in talking about the dangers of drugs is not, and insists that “Euphoria” does more harm than good.
And the big picture … they say there’s a better way to have a conversation about this heavy topic.