A video of Abel Tesfaye, better known by his stage name The Weeknd, confidently posing for photographers in Cannes has stirred up a social media frenzy. His cocksure demeanor left a bad taste in the mouths of many viewers, sparking wide-ranging reactions to the now-viral footage.
Despite The Weeknd's prolific career in music, the online backlash surrounding his recent behavior at the Cannes Film Festival proves that fame is, indeed, a double-edged sword.
"The Idol" Fails to Impress Critics
The Weeknd arrived in Cannes to promote his latest venture, "The Idol," a series in which he not only starred but also helped bring to fruition.
This year's Cannes Film Festival served as the stage for the series' debut. Despite the high hopes pinned to the project, it failed to win over the critics. In a surprising twist of events, the series received a mixed response.
Following its screening, it was met with several minutes of applause, seemingly a positive reaction. However, the first round of reviews was less than favorable. Even the grandeur of Cannes couldn't distract from the disappointing critiques of "The Idol," with one of its episodes clocking in a meager 14 percent Tomatometer rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
An Actor's Debut Tainted by Arrogance?
The Weeknd's display of hubris, captured in a video clip from the red carpet event, drew more attention than the series itself. Viewers found his swagger unnerving, to say the least.
One comment on social media echoed the sentiment of many: "He thinks he's so hot it's so awkward to watch."
However, in light of the lackluster reception of "The Idol," the singer-turned-actor might need to reassess his show of confidence.
The first two episodes drew a five-minute standing ovation, but even this didn't translate to critical acclaim, according to Variety. In fact, "The Idol" fared worse than even "Fifty Shades of Grey," a film notorious for its less-than-stellar reviews.
In "The Idol," The Weeknd plays Tedros, a charismatic nightclub manager and cult leader who bewitches a pop star named Jocelyn, portrayed by Lily-Rose Depp. But it remains to be seen if his acting chops can recover from this bumpy start and capture the hearts of audiences worldwide.