Prime Video viewers blast’ unnecessary’ graphic sex scene
Swarm – Official trailer on Amazon Prime with Dominique Fishback
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Prime Video’s dark new thriller has already received rave reviews from fans and critics after all seven episodes were released last Friday. However, Swarm has also seen huge backlash for the streamer thanks to an explicit sequence between Marissa Jackson (played by Chloe Bailey) and Khalid (Damson Idris).
Amazon’s new horror series has caused a divide amongst fans after opening the first episode with an explicit sex scene.
Some viewers have even been convinced Bailey was really having sex with her co-star Idris on-camera, though others insist the backlash has been over-exaggerated.
The scene quickly went viral over the weekend after Swarm dropped its X-rated first episode on Friday.
In the opening minutes, Swarm’s obsessive protagonist Dre (Dominique Fishback) watches Marissa and her boyfriend going at it.
When Khalid notices her watching from the doorway, he smiles and nods at her without stopping.
Days after the show dropped on Prime Video, the clip has continued to make the rounds of social media and has stirred up considerable controversy.
Twitter user @TashurRaquel wrote: “That sex scene was so unnecessary lmao #swarm especially that soon into the first episode.”
@ChampagneNai said: “Swarm is insane and that random sex scene with Chloe Bailey was so pointless.”
@artsyjoint fumed: “Bruh I’m mad as f**k Chloe got on screen and did that explicit a** pointless sex scene.
“[It] contributed NOTHING to the plot and then [she] DIED like three minutes later. What the f**k was the reason?!!”
And @scorpiogrooove asked: “Where is Chloe Bailey’s mentor please???
“She’s been making terrible decisions lately, she should have never done that sex scene in Swarm.”
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However, @jmcwida clapped back at fans: “People who don’t like seeing sex scenes in movies, should check movie ratings and choose accordingly!
“And If you can’t separate acting from real life, you need help! The rating is right there! Use it! Besides, people [are] having sex all the time in real life.”
And @michaelcollado said: “The worst thing about the Swarm sex scene discourse is finding out how many grown adults think the actors are having actual sex on camera in movies and shows…??”
Other fans have also pointed out that most sex scenes in film and TV use intimacy coordinators and genital guards to ensure the actors are comfortable.
Bailey herself has recently admitted in Deadline: “As open and liberal as I am about my body, I was very scared because I haven’t had that many partners.
“I’m not like that—like that sexual and open.” She then assured viewers: “Damson made it really comfortable; you know, there were limited people on set. It was a closed set.
“We literally had a bouncy ball in between us, and you know, we were making a joke out of it, so it took all of the nervousness away from that.
“I have to give a lot of kudos to him as a man for making me, as a woman, feel comfortable literally being raw and naked.”
Swarm is available to stream on Prime Video.
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