One of the season’s most anticipated new series is “Westworld”, HBO’s upcoming reboot of Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi thriller, which is already garnering controversy for scenes in which lifelike female robots are the victims of sexual attacks.
During a roundtable discussion to promote the show, reports Buzzfeed, stars Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton defend the show’s brutal depictions of sexual violence.
“I don’t think there’s anything titillating about what we’re doing,” says Wood. “It’s all horrific, as it should be.”
She adds: “You have an obligation as a storyteller to raise awareness and to show the horrors of that so that people aren’t desensitized to it. I don’t think there’s anything titillating about what we’re doing — it’s all horrific, as it should be.”
Adds Newton: “We get to see the consequence and ramifications of this violence, the cost of this violence.” added Newton.
“Westworld” makes its debut on Sunday, Oct. 2.