Dark subjects spackled in glitter

Inaaya Adam

Staff Writer

     Euphoria is a feeling or state of happiness and excitement. Ironically, the characters in this HBO show are burdened with mental illnesses, drug use, abuse, and childhood trauma. 

     Euphoria premiered in 2019 and quickly became popular in the media. With the current release of the second season, talk of the show is arising again.

     Euphoria touches on dark subjects, the beginning of some episodes have trigger warnings for the audience. Executive producer and star of the show, Zendaya, made an instagram post reminding fans of the mature ratings for Euphoria in light of the second season. 

      “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 writes out.

     All the main characters in the show are teenagers of high school age. The issues and problems they face are similar to those real teenagers have — addictions, toxic relationships, etc.

     Though the setting of Euphoria is in high school, the character’s problems are affiliated with their personal lives. Their coping mechanisms are unhealthy and arguably foolish, but that is a reminder of the age and immaturity they are bound to have. 

     It is a raw, messy show that doesn’t sugarcoat the outcomes of dangerous situations. Euphoria doesn’t shy away from exposing graphic and uncomfortable aspects of high school and problems this generation faces. 

     Euphoria has gained admiration for their extravagant dressing and makeup looks. As a high school student, seeing the outfits the characters wear to school seem impractical compared to actual high schoolers. Most students don’t come to school with fashion as their main priority, and the dress codes at American High School rule out these outfits anyway. 

     Many people complain that the HBO show glorifies and brings an aesthetic to drug use. Although, the show is narrated by a 17-year old girl who is an addict and her perspective on her own substance abuse is shown. The exciting side of drugs is depicted but alongside it, the worst outcomes. 

      The creator of the show, Sam Levinson, wrote it from his personal experiences in high school. Not every teen will be able to relate to the show and it’s characters because everyone has different circumstances, but it is still relatable to many people who deserve to feel represented. 

     It is an intense show and could be triggering to some students, especially those who have gone through similar situations. The mistakes of the characters should also be taken as a warning for high schoolers to not fall into dangerous habits. Euphoria brings awareness and should be an invitation to be more empathetic and non judgmental towards other students and peers. 

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Pictured is Barbie Ferreira, who plays Kat Hernandez on the show. Her character struggles with identity throughout the show and her place within her friend group.
Picture Credit: HBO

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