Euphoria 2: Zendaya says HBO series is not ‘a moral story’ after being accused by DARE of ‘glorifying’ drug abuse

Zendaya defended Happiness after it was criticized by the Drug Abuse Education (DARE) program.

The former Disney Channel actor stars in the HBO teen drama series as Rue, a drug-addicted teen struggling to stay clean after leaving rehab.

The show presents an ambiguous and unflattering image of addiction, but while some praised the show for doing so, others criticized it.

Last month, a representative of DARE told TMZ that Happiness “Choose to glorify and misrepresent the high school students’ drug use, addiction, anonymous sex, violence, and other destructive behaviors and pervasive in today’s world.” “.

Talking to Weekly entertainment after airing Sunday night’s episode (February 6) – considered one of the most difficult episodes of the season so far for fans – Zendaya says the show has never attempted to set an example of drug abuse.

“Our show is not a moral story to teach people how to live their lives or what they should do,” said the 25-year-old.

“If anything, the feeling behind Happiness, or whatever we’ve always tried to do with it, hopefully helps people feel a little less alone in their experiences and pain. And it can feel like they’re not the only ones going through or dealing with what they’re dealing with. ”


She continued: “I’ve had a lot of people reach out and find a lot of similarities from all ages, from all walks of life. So many similarities with Rue and her and Rue’s story means a lot to them in a way that I can understand, but also in a way that I can never understand, and that which means the most to all of us. “

Just hours before season two started last month, Zendaya issue a trigger alert for her fanssaid, “I know I’ve said this before, but I want to reiterate to everyone that Happiness intended for mature audiences.

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“Please only watch it if you feel comfortable. Take care of yourself and know that you are loved no matter what and I can still feel your support.”

You can read The Independentrating of Happiness episode five here.

New episodes of Happiness is released weekly on Sky Atlantic in the UK and HBO in the US.

If you or someone you know is suffering from drug addiction, you can seek confidential help and support 24-7 from Frank, by calling 0300 123 6600, texting 82111, Send an e-mail or visit their website here.

In the United States, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration can be contacted at 1-800-662-HELP.

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Tom Vazquez

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