HBO drama continues to cause controversy

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Westworld has been criticised in the US after the drama’s latest episode featured a four-minute orgy scene.

Up to 40 actors were involved in the raunchy scene, which some viewers of the HBO show thought went too far.

One viewer wrote: “That orgy was so awkward, wrong and just… AWKWARD AND WRONG. #Westworld”

Another wrote: “This doesn’t surprise me in the slightest, the show is filth.”

Dan Gainor, Vice President of Business and Culture at the Media Research Center in the US, also criticised the show adding: “HBO is a network that broadcasts Sesame Street re-runs. And yes, parents should turn it off, stop paying for it and block it.

Westworld is a disturbing reminder of the sick and demented way Hollywood views the world.”

But some viewers defended the scene. One wrote: “When Sesame Street features a four-minute orgy, we’ll talk. Until then, shut up and parent your own children.

Another added: “This episode made me question my own taste. The gold painted ladies seemed gratuitous, yet, the orgy made total sense.”

TV producer Geoff Skinner also defended the scene. He told Fox News: “Good or bad TV, this is something that is on pay cable, and viewers who don’t like it can tune it out. It’s appropriate for the story they are telling.”

He added that it’s a parent’s responsibility to monitor the programming a child watches. “Parents like myself should never allow a child to watch this until they are old enough to understand all of the thematic and semiotics that this show is trying to achieve.”

Former TV executive Scot Safon also said the show does not misconstrue its adult content, and the sexual scene in question was in line with the plot of the series.

“It is deliberately disturbing and provocative, and it makes its intentions very well-known from the opening credits onward,” Safon said. “It is a show about ideas and it is done with tremendous artistry.

“I trust the artists here, and would assume that their extended orgy sequence is in line with the vision of the show.”

Earlier, this year the cast and makers of the show defended the drama’s scenes of violence towards women.

Evan Rachel Wood, who plays Dolores in the show, said at the time: “It’s absolutely very rough. I don’t like gratuitous violence against women at all, but I would wait for the context in which it’s being used. As the show progresses, the way it’s being used is very much a commentary and a look at our humanity and why we find these things entertaining and why this is an epidemic, and flipping it on its head.

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She added: “The roles for the women on this show are going to be very revolutionary. It’s very gender-neutral. I would ask, as somebody who is an advocate against any kind of abuse or violence and is outspoken about it, to give it a chance and wait to see where it’s going. I think it will surprise people.”

Co-created by Christopher Nolan’s brother Jonathan Nolan, Westworld stars Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Wood, Thandie Newton and James Marsden. It is a reworking of the 1973 movie of the same name that starred Yul Brynner.