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D.A.R.E. Warns Parents That HBO’s EUPHORIA Glorifies Drug Abuse, Sex and Violence

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D.A.R.E. Warns Parents That HBO’s EUPHORIA Glorifies Drug Abuse, Sex and Violence

By Movieguide® Staff

The Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, or D.A.R.E., recently condemned HBO’s teen drama EUPHORIA for excessive drug abuse, sex and violence.

The second season of EUPHORIA, which stars SPIDER-MAN actress Zendaya, depicts the life of a high school student who battles a drug addiction.

“Rather than further each parent’s desire to keep their children safe from the potentially horrific consequences of drug abuse and other high-risk behavior, HBO’s television drama, ‘Euphoria,’ chooses to misguidedly glorify and erroneously depict high school student drug use, addiction, anonymous sex, violence, and other destructive behaviors as common and widespread in today’s world,” D.A.R.E. said in a statement.

D.A.R.E. warned parents of the excessive and immoral content in EUPHORIA and that its target audience is teenagers.

“It is unfortunate that HBO, social media, television program reviewers, and paid advertising have chosen to refer to the show as ‘groundbreaking,’ rather than recognizing the potential negative consequences on school age children who today face unparalleled risks and mental health challenges,” the statement reads.

Movieguide® previously reported of EUPHORIA Season 2:

EUPHORIA SEASON 2 holds a strongly negative worldview, and has very little to no Christian values. The show seeks to demonstrate sexuality, addiction and relationships in a raw manner, yet it tends to romanticize these actions at times. Many characters engage in drug and alcohol use, which is mildly rebuked but often accepted, or tolerated. Sex is frequently shown explicitly, and violence is often used to resolve issues. Profanity and obscenities are heavily used through-out the episodes.

Overall, EUPHORIA SEASON 2 is an extremely emotionally heavy show that will affect those watching it. The content shown, and the utter explicitness of it are an attribute of this heaviness.

Zendaya, who advertised the show on her social media, did warn young viewers of the extreme content.

“I know I’ve said this before, but I do want to reiterate to everyone that Euphoria is for mature audiences. This season, maybe even more so than the last, is deeply emotional and deals with subject matter that can be triggering and difficult to watch,” Zendaya wrote on Instagram.

However, as Movieguide and D.A.R.E. point out, EUPHORIA often glorifies its subject matter with no moral counterweight to the show’s excessive immorality.

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