Alright, what's the big deal? Why is everyone still talking about *that* Chlöe Bailey scene in Swarm?
Donald Glover's new series arrived o March 17, exploring the dark side of extreme stanning over a Beyoncé-inspired character. While the show sees award-worthy performances from Dominique Fishback and even writing contributions from Malia Obama, everyone is hung up on one particular part: Chlöe Bailey's sex scene with Damson Idris.
The (not-real) intimate moment lasted about 30 seconds — a little too long, in my opinion — as part of the opening scene in Swarm's first episode. But apparently, that was just enough time to send the internet into a horny frenzy.
Two days after the show's premiere, the clip continues to make rounds on Twitter. One tweet sharing the snippet has been bookmarked a concerning number of times (23,800-plus to be specific).
Sure, Bailey and Idris' scene is a little graphic (and unnecessarily long), but it's certainly not as wild as the NSFW content fed to us by these new wave of shows (I can't watch Euphoria and P-Valley around my parents at all). So, I don't get the buzz.
Ahead of the premiere, Bailey discussed how she was nervous about doing the love scene with Idris: "When I first read the script, I was like 'oh, this is insane, this is incredible.' And I cried. Then I realized, 'you gotta do that sex scene, girl.'"
"As open and liberal as I am with my body, I was very scared because I haven't had that many partners, and I'm not that sexual and open," Bailey added. "Damson made it really comfortable. We were laughing in between. We literally had a bouncy ball in between us."
"So, 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."
Bailey catches heat for nearly everything she does, especially her openness with her sensuality. Though some of her videos indeed come off a little cringe-y, it's her platform and life. She can do what she wants.
Though, I'm not too here for Bailey's decision to work with Chris Brown, the R&B musician-slash-abuser who has a lengthy history of violence against women, including his physical assault on Rihanna in 2009.
So, why is the internet going crazy over that Swarm scene? Simply put, folks are just thirsty — parched judging by those bookmarks.
While some applaud Idris for the scene as well as getting to date Lori Harvey IRL (the typical masculine praise), others are bashing Bailey (I saw one tweet say that this performance would "ruin her career").
It's the same Twitter fingers who criticize and laugh at Bailey's transparent sensuality, that are saving clips of her sex scenes for obvious reasons. Sadly, that's what being a woman is like in this day and age.