The Idol’s latest trailer feels pretty tryhard

Sam Levinson and The Weeknd, the co-creators of The Idol, have spent the last few months adamantly denying reports,

that their impending Max series is self-indulgent "torture porn" but rather a daring work of heightened commentary on the dangers of celebrity. 

The latest trailer for The Idol makes it sound like it might be a little from column A and a lot more from column 

B while also making a very strong effort to demonstrate how willing it is to "go there."

The Idol's spiraling superstar Jocelyn (Lily-Rose Depp) and Tedros (Abel Tesfaye), the cunning, 

new-age cult leader who enters her life after she has a very public mental breakdown,

have a complicated power relationship that includes sexuality. The new video describes how the two,

As a unit, set themselves to injecting some of their intimate erotic energy into her public character as a performer.