Lily-Rose Depp Criticized For The Worst Sex Scene In History

A sex scene in the second episode of The Idol is being called the worst in the history of the screen.

By Charlene Badasie | Updated

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The controversial HBO series The Idol continues on its downward spiral with what has been dubbed the worst sex scene in history. The latest episode, “Double Fantasy,” showcases an intense scene where a clothed Tedros (The Weekend) instructs a naked Jocelyn (Lily-Rose Depp) to fulfill his sexual desires. Their explicit dialogue includes shocking phrases that shouldn’t be mentioned on any public platform.

This highly explicit content, detailed in GQ UK, left viewers utterly stunned, leading to an overwhelming response on social media. “That sex scene on The Idol was so uncalled for,” one person wrote. “I don’t know what to say. There’s sexy, and there’s whatever the f**k that was.” “Saw the second episode of The Idol. I think I’m done,” another person said.

However, The Idol probably intended to evoke a different response from its audience. Viewers are meant to believe that Jocelyn (Lily-Rose Depp), who was previously referred to as a derogatory sexual phrase in the last episode, is about to experience a transformative sexual encounter that leads her to sacrifice her entire career.

Tedros is supposed to come across as an exceptionally rare and powerful sexual force, captivating Jocelyn (Lily-Rose Depp) to the point where she is blinded by desire. Instead, viewers were left needing to vomit, hide, or both. The series debuted on June 4 and had already been criticized for its ridiculous sexually explicit scenes.

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In the first installment, Lily-Rose Depp made a shocking debut by masturbating and posing topless for a photo. Still, Sam Levinson, who co-wrote The Idol with Tesfaye, defended its content during the series premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Commented on allegations that the series is merely gratuitous male gaze torture porn, he said, “Sometimes things that might be revolutionary are taken too far.”

The Idol revolves around a young aspiring pop idol named Jocelyn (Lily-Rose Depp), who is forced to cancel her tour after a nervous breakdown. Wanting to reclaim her title as the hottest pop star in the world, she begins dating Tedros, a self-help guru and the head of a contemporary cult. The supporting cast includes Suzanna Son, Troye Sivan, Moses Sumney, and Jane Adams.

The development of the series began in June 2021. Writer-showrunner Joseph Epstein and director Amy Seimetz were initially attached to the project. Seimetz envisioned the story to revolve around a troubled starlet caught in the clutches of an exploitative figure in the entertainment industry, battling to regain control of her own life.

Lily-Rose Depp was cast as the female lead opposite The Weekend in September 2021. The supporting cast members were announced between November 2021 to July 2022. Due to production delays and creative changes, Seimetz exited the project in 2022, and Levinson took over as the director. He decided to discard Seimetz’s vision, leading to a shift in the series’ creative direction. 

The Idol airs Sundays on HBO and is available to stream on Max.