Euphoria star Zendaya has spoken out after Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E) claimed the series was “glorifying drugs.”
The HBO series which is now in its second season, has shown Zendaya’s character Rue’s struggles with addiction throughout its run, most notably in this weeks episode Stand Still Like The Hummingbird.
Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E) recently told TMZ, that the show ‘misguidedly’ depicted ‘addiction, anonymous sex, violence, and other destructive behaviours as common and widespread in today’s world’.
Now, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Zendaya has responded to D.A.R.E’s comments saying: “our show is in no way a moral tale to teach people how to live their life or what they should be doing.”
“If anything, the feeling behind Euphoria, or whatever we have always been trying to do with it, is to hopefully help people feel a little bit less alone in their experience and their pain.”
“And maybe feel like they’re not the only one going through or dealing with what they’re dealing with,” she added.