Is 6-Part HBO’s ‘The Idol’ Inspired by NXIVM?

A six part series loosely based on NXIVM?

From the gutters of Hollywood comes a new HBO series – The Idol, staring Lily-Rose Depp and Abel Tesfaye.

It is a tawdry combination of skin, partying, grit, and sinister coercive control.

The six-part HBO series is about a young pop singer named Jocelyn (Lily-Rose Depp) who dates a Los Angeles nightclub owner named Tedros.

But the Allison Mack-like Depp does not know Tedros is the leader of a secret cult.

“The premise sounds like it took inspiration from the real-life tale of the NXIVM sex cult, which was led by con-man Keith Raniere and Smallville star Allison Mack, and targeted young Hollywood actresses,” Giant Freakin Robot writes.

Sam Levinson co-created the series. He created Zendaya’s hit show Euphoria. Tesfaye and Reza Fahim are co-creators.

Joe Epstein is the show-runner and writer.

Mary Laws writes and is the executive producer.

According to Deadline: “The teaser debuted last night at the Weeknd’s concert in Las Vegas, a bit of meta-positioning as the series delves into the world of pop music and all of its excesses. The quick-cut teaser flashes plenty of skin and hints of debauchery.

“‘That’s sex,’ one character says with eyes glued to her smart phone. ‘That’s what we’re selling.'”

As Lloyd Bentsen once said to Dan Quayle, “You’re no Jack Kennedy,” I hope we won’t end up saying to Depp, “You’re no Allison Mack.”

With cults becoming more popular daily and more entrepreneurs running them, some guidelines are necessary.

Allison Mack meeting Keith Raniere for the first time
Allison Mack meeting Keith Raniere for the first time; November 2006

Mothers, tell your children not to do what Keith Raniere has done.

A word to the wise for all the bright and outstanding cult leaders of the world.

Do not brand them. But if you must brand them, don’t burn them on their groin. But if you have to brand them on their groin, don’t stamp them with your initials. But if you have to take the hot iron and engrave them with your initials, at least tell them it’s your initials – not the four elements.

But if you don’t feel you can tell them it’s your initials, at least don’t take collateral, which they can later say forced them to have sex with your ugly ass.

MK10ART depicts a nice sex cult branding. .

In today’s burgeoning cult business environment, it stands to reason that cult leaders should practice safe cult leadership.

Follow these common sense tips, and reap the benefits that leading a cult can bring.

We will be watching to see if Depp gets involved in the cult and what happens to her. And if Tedros winds up in the slammer for 120 years.


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1 year ago

This is fun. But can you please do a deep dive on “One Asian”?


1 year ago
Reply to  Frank Parlato

And do that for SOP, Jness, GBD etc. Pick up the ball and run with it, Frank.

Hollywood and cults have a lot in common.
Hollywood and cults have a lot in common.
1 year ago

She looks so sad. Does Hollywood make anyone happy anymore?

How do such smart people fall for Hollywood and all those different cults?

1 year ago

It definitely sounds like the show is taking aspects of Nxivm but also the 7M cult.

George McBlack
George McBlack
1 year ago

Mr. Parlato,

In light of the anticipation of Mr. Patriot God’s upcoming series of articles (which I still have no clue why you haven’t published them yet?!), I was hoping to be able to utilize the comment section of this article to be able to interview Mr. Patriot God and ask him some burning questions as well as be able to inquire him about some of his controversial political and anthropologic views while we await their publication.

So if he can consents to this, may I please interview him and count on you and your lovely staff members to honor all of his rights to free speech (no matter whom it may offend and/or not offend) in the process and not deny him the ability to speak fully and uncensored?

Please answer me about this without being evasive ASAP.

Kind regards,

George McBlack
George McBlack
1 year ago
Reply to  Frank Parlato

Ok, Mr. Parlato, but you still need to publish his series of articles FIRST like you said that you would.

Why do you keep publishing all these new articles and not his?! It’s very obvious that you don’t have his as a priority. You said you had a few articles left and then you’d publish them and it’s been like almost 20 articles later and you still haven’t published them. And are choosing to just post things up like this one instead. Please stop that.

Im going to do the interview in this comment section if he agrees.

All I’m asking of you is not to censor him or his replies.

Can I have your word to honor his free speech?

George McBlack
George McBlack
1 year ago
Reply to  Frank Parlato

Ok well please hurry up with it.

Also please do not withhold his right to free speech from him either.

Also, please don’t put any of your words is his articles in brackets or wrote some intro to “explain” and/or indicate to the readers that he’s “insane” or “racist”. Just let him speak for himself without you shadowing him.

If you want to reply to Patriot God’s comments or published work, then please do so in the comments section below or on another article where you get to have the floor.

Please give him the full floor and show him respect without any censorship from you and/or your staff.

Please and thank you.

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Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” Parlato was also credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Additionally, Parlato’s coverage of the group OneTaste, starting in 2018, helped spark an FBI investigation, which led to indictments of two of its leaders in 2023.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premiered on May 22, 2022. Most recently, he consulted and appeared on Tubi's "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM," which aired January, 2023.

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