Zendaya defended her show Euphoria against criticism and “glamorization” of drug addiction amongst high schoolers. The TV show focusses on a group of teens struggling to figure out their lives. Zendaya’s character (rue) is a raw potrait of addiction and anxiety. The Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program or D.A.R.E, initially released a statement criticizing the shows content for “erroneously” depicting “destructive behaviors” among high school students.
Zendaya responded saying “Euphoria isn’t glorifying teen drug use and addiction. If anything, the feeling behind Euphoria has always been trying to hopefully help people feel a little bit less alone in their experience and their pain”. Zendaya, who won an Emmy in 2020 for her portrayal of Rue in the show, understands how Euphoria can be triggering to some struggling with addiction.