We’re solely 4 episodes into HBO Max’s Gossip Woman reboot and already we now have witnessed the graphic sexualization of teenagers, together with: a public groping and make out throuple session; two nude, male, teen college students making out in a bathhouse to make their nude, homosexual instructor jealous; and a “rim job” given by a 16-year-old lady to her boyfriend who cheated on her along with his male buddy (with whom she additionally cheated). Because of episode 4, “Hearth Walks With Z,” which grew to become out there to stream on Thursday, we will now add homosexual instructor giving into his lust for his male pupil and having intercourse with him.

That is speculated to be a present about underage teenagers for underage teenagers. However Gossip Woman creator Josh Safran thinks these scenes and storylines are completely applicable and wants to “explore” his underage characters through sex. Actually, he’s fairly pleased with what he’s produced, telling the self-described “queer” publication them., “My joke is that Gossip Woman is like Homosexual Slut Summer time. I imply, all my pals are speaking about it. It is Sizzling Woman and Homosexual Slut Summer time for everyone. For these youngsters, it is the identical factor — and also you need that.” He additionally says that he’s attempting to win over teenagers and younger adults. No, Safran. We don’t need that.

Now that the present is on HBO Max, Safran has rather more leeway to provide such lurid materials. “It’s at all times enjoyable to have the guardrails off just a little bit, particularly on a present like this that offers with some hedonism and sexual exploration and exploration referring to medication,” Safran told The New York Post earlier this month. Yeah, “enjoyable” wouldn’t be the phrase I’d use to explain it. Extra like offensive, disgusting, repugnant and simply plain flawed. He went on to debate the rim job scene, saying, “I don’t assume there’s any gratuitous stuff. It doesn’t imply it’s not enjoyable and humorous and scrumptious…” Scrumptious? What’s it with this man and his wildly inappropriate, creepy alternative of adjectives?

One will get the sensation that Safran is creating pornography for himself quite than catering to his viewers. This Gossip Woman isn’t for the feminine or male gaze. It’s for a perverted, homosexual male gaze, particularly his.

Even the non-sex scenes are extraordinarily outlandish and weird. Take this household dinner scene in episode three, “Lies Extensive Shut:”

Bisexual Max (Thomas Doherty) is “of age” however nonetheless a senior in highschool. He’s simply as indulgent in drug use as he’s along with his intercourse life, bragging about sleeping with everybody he meets. His two dads clearly influenced him as they permit him to sip an alcoholic beverage and joke about giving him a “full-frontal seat” to a play that’s heavy in intercourse and violence (viewers have been later uncovered to the present’s first “full-frontal” male nudity scene in the course of the play, which came as a shock to fans).

The one particular person Max has been unsuccessful at sleeping with is his homosexual instructor Rafa Caparros (Jason Gotay), regardless of Max’s repeated attempts, as a result of Rafa gained’t sleep along with his college students. However by the top of episode 4, Rafa exclaims “fuck it” and offers in to his lust for Max after he reveals up at Rafa’s door as a result of he’s distraught after discovering out that his masculine father cheated on his newly female father for not being “masc” sufficient.

Fortunately, Safran has gone too far even for avid Gossip Woman followers with the scene according to The U.S. Sun which reported that followers have slammed it as “disgusting,” and “creepy and predatory.” We couldn’t agree extra. Let’s hope this implies this would be the solely season this reboot will get and that Safran can preserve his smut relegated to his non-public assortment as an alternative.