HBO’s new show is inspiring some emotional responses from people on Twitter.
Despite only airing its premiere episode so far, HBO’s Euphoria is already making a stir with its frank look at modern teenage life, including sexuality, mental health, and drug use.
— euphoria (@euphoriaHBO) June 17, 2019
Zendaya, who has a lot of younger fans due to her start on the Disney Channel and her work in the Spider-Man franchise, even posted a warning on her Instagram about the show’s more intense content.
“Just a reminder before tonight’s premiere, that Euphoria is for mature audiences. It’s a raw and honest portrait of addiction, anxiety, and the difficulties of navigating life today. There are scenes that are graphic, hard to watch and can be triggering. Please only watch if you feel you can handle it. Do what’s best for you. I will still love you and feel your support.”
People on Twitter had plenty to say about Euphoria after the show’s premiere, and while they reiterated that the content was pretty extreme, it’s portrayal of life was pretty spot on.
I can’t stop crying. For anyone over the age of 35 that says this isn’t realistic doesn’t understand. Technology made being a teenager so much harder. Teenagers are not the same in this generation. I wish I didn’t relate to this show as much as I do. @Zendaya ❤️ #EuphoriaHBO
— CeloaEmily (@emceloa) June 17, 2019
While a lot of the show’s moments hit home, Zendaya’s character Rue’s struggle with mental illness was the most poignant.
“I had a decent childhood, so why the fuck am I like this?” this was a whole ass mood #euphoria
— lex 🤍 (@softsunset_) June 17, 2019
People related to Rue’s struggles with mental illness and praised the show for portraying it in a sensitive and realistic way. Sure, the show’s aesthetic is heightened for creative value, but the core of the story is very true.
i’m very impressed with how accurate #EuphoriaHBO has described anxiety & anxiety attacks. especially rue’s line of just wanting to feel safe in her own mind💕
— AMG🧚🏽 (@ohassiaa) June 17, 2019
While some people may be horrified about the sex and drugs in the show’s premiere, people pointed out that it was actually a pretty honest look at what teenagers today have to deal with.
Speaking as a teenager, #EUPHORIA was VERY realistic. From the lockdown drills, to our phone habits, the way we view sex, the way we talk. It felt like a honest depiction of what life is like as a teenager living in this day and age, and it’s rare for a show to get that right. pic.twitter.com/wdMaRbAxQs
— sydᵏⁿᵉᵉ 🍂 (@crankoceann) June 17, 2019
Still, people pointed out that while it was an interesting and worthwhile show, there are plenty of moments that might be too intense for some audiences.
Also, that being said, there’s a lot of stuff on the show that can be triggering (like, I literally had a moment thirty seconds in), so just be aware of that before you watch #EuphoriaHBO. https://t.co/As5NzqQLS7
— Abraham Lim (@realabrahamlim) June 17, 2019
Despite some people’s misgivings about the content, everyone was universal in their praise for Zendaya’s performance.