On June 23, The Weeknd released a new song titled “One of the Girls” featuring BLACKPINK’s Jennie and Lily-Rose Depp. The track showcases a seductive nature with restrained synths, booming bass, and an amazing trap style that complements the lyrics. It combines The Weeknd’s iconic voice with Jennie’s breathy vocals and Lily-Rose Depp’s deep and beautiful voice, creating an enticing musical collaboration.
The Idol Series and Its Cast
“The Idol” is a series that revolves around the life and love of pop star Jocelyn, set in the music business in Los Angeles (LA). The script was written and directed by Sam Levinson, known for his work on the drama series “Euphoria.” The show features notable actors such as Lily Rose Depp, The Weeknd, Troye Sivan, and Jennie from BLACKPINK.
— Abel Tesfaye (@theweeknd) June 22, 2023
BLACKPINK’s Jennie in The Idol and Controversy Surrounding Her Role
Throughout the release of the drama series, Jennie attracted attention and controversy. Her provocative and sensual choreography in the first episode, unexpected lines in the second episode, and unconventional costume showing her chest in the third episode stirred discussion among fans. Some critics accused the series of using Jennie for promotional purposes due to her large fan base and influence. Nevertheless, “The Idol” presented an opportunity for Jennie to showcase her acting skills and marked her presence at the Cannes Film Festival as the first person to walk the red carpet.
top of the world but i'm still not free
this is a secret that i keep
until he's gone i can never find peace
raise my whole life just to be
JENNIE'S PART AT THE END IS SOOOO GOOD 😭
— ً (@firejennie) June 23, 2023
Criticism of The Idol Series
Upon the release of the first two episodes at Cannes and globally, “The Idol” faced significant criticism. Viewers and critics expressed their disappointment with the series, describing it as overly sexual in nature and, in some cases, as “torture p**n.” Many were dissatisfied with the lack of proper focus on Jocelyn’s character development and felt that certain creative decisions, including The Weeknd’s portrayal of a “creepy” character, were not well received. Fans of Sam Levinson’s previous work on “Euphoria” were particularly disappointed and disgusted by the direction of “The Idol.”
In conclusion, the release of “One of the Girls” showcased an enticing collaboration between The Weeknd, Jennie, and Lily-Rose Depp. While “The Idol” series generated anticipation with its star-studded cast, it also faced criticism for its sexual content and storytelling decisions. The mixed reactions from viewers and critics highlight the subjective nature of artistic interpretation and the diverse expectations of audiences.