The Weeknd clapped back at Rolling Stone last week, responding to reports criticizing his upcoming HBO series “The Idol.”
The R&B superstar’s attack came after the magazine claimed that the series, created with “Euphoria’s” Sam Levinson, has “gone wildly, disgustingly off the rails.”
The Weeknd took to social media to share a clip from “The Idol” and captioned the post, “@rollingstone did we upset you?”
The clip shows self-help guru Tedros (the Weeknd) and the titular character Jocelyn (Lily-Rose Depp) sitting poolside while speaking to Dan Levy‘s character.
As Levy asks Depp for a photoshoot for Rolling Stone, the Weeknd rejects the idea, saying, “Rolling Stone? Aren’t they a little irrelevant?”
“Nobody cares about Rolling Stone.Rolling Stone has 6 million followers on Instagram, half of them probably bots,” he adds. “And Jocelyn has 78 million followers. All real. So she does a photoshoot, she tags them, they get her followers, more money for Rolling Stone, nothing for Jocelyn.”
As Levy’s character replies, “There’s a lot for Jocelyn,” Tedros responds, “Not in Rolling Stone.”
Rolling Stone’s editor-in-chief Noah Shachtman responded, saying, “Not at all” and shared two Rolling Stone covers featuring the Weeknd.
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) March 1, 2023
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