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The Weeknd Strikes Back

The Weeknd took to social media to express his displeasure with a recent Rolling Stone article criticizing the production of his HBO show The Idol.

Recently, Rolling Stone released a piece ( regarding the upcoming HBO series The Idol , detailing extensive reshoots that took place following the departure of the show's director. According to the publication's interviews of over a dozen crew members, production of the series devolved into what some of the crew described as "sexual torture porn" and a "rape fantasy".

However, The Weeknd, who co-created The Idol alongside "Euphoria" creator Sam Levinson as well as stars in the developing show, did not seem too happy with Rolling Stone's reporting and took to Twitter to make his feelings known.

In a tweet reading "@RollingStone did we upset you?", The "After Hours" artist tweeted out a clip from the show in which Rolling Stone is criticized by its characters, with The Weeknd's (real name Abel Tesfaye) character calls the news outlet "irrelevant" and it's Instagram followers to be mainly bots.

Noah Shachtman, editor-in-chief of the publication, responded to Tesfaye's tweet with a quote-retweet reading "Not at all!" and displaying of photos of the singer on the news outlet's magazine covers in 2015 and 2020.

HBO declared in a statement to The Independent ( that the production for The Idol initially did not go as planned, failing to meet "HBO standards".

"Throughout the process, the creative team has been committed to creating a safe, collaborative, and mutually respectful working environment...the team made creative changes they felt were in the best interest of both the production and the cast and crew. We look forward to sharing The Idol with audiences soon."

News broke recently that The Weeknd will be starring in his first feature-length film alongside Banshees of Inisherin and The Batman actor Barry Keoghan as well as Wednesday and Scream 5 and 6 actress Jenna Ortega.


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