EntertainmentSydney Sweeney claps back at "Euphoria" producer's harsh critique

Sydney Sweeney claps back at "Euphoria" producer's harsh critique

Sydney Sweeney in "Euphoria"
Sydney Sweeney in "Euphoria"
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7:38 AM EDT, April 18, 2024

After surprising criticism from "Euphoria" series producer Carol Baum, Sydney Sweeney issued a statement denouncing Baum's comments as "despicable." The actress expressed bewilderment at how such remarks could come from someone who is also an educator and a college lecturer.

During an extensive interview with the "New York Times" on April 10th, Carol Baum discussed her cinematic achievements. Naturally, the conversation touched upon the award-winning series "Euphoria," celebrated for its high popularity on HBO and Max, and its stars' (Zendaya and Sydney Sweeney) rising careers in Hollywood.

Unexpectedly, Baum remarked that she could not grasp the fascination surrounding Sydney Sweeney. “I don't get Sydney Sweeney...I wanted to know who she is and why everybody's talking about her? [...] I said to my class, 'Explain this girl to me. She's not pretty, she can't act. Why is she so hot?” said the producer, who also serves as a professor at the University of Southern California.

Sweeney's representative sent a biting critique of Baum's comments to "USA Today." “It’s disheartening to see a woman, rather than offering her knowledge and experience, choose to demean another woman,” the statement read.

“How sad that a woman in the position to share her expertise and experience chooses instead to attack another woman. If that’s what she’s learned in her decades in the industry and feels is appropriate to teach her students, that’s shameful. To unjustly disparage a fellow female producer speaks volumes about Ms. Baum’s character,” concluded the actress’s representative.

Sydney Sweeney, known for embracing acting challenges and often selecting daring roles, has recently featured in the adult comedy "Not You" and the horror film "Immaculate," set for release in US theaters on April 25th.
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