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Euphoria: Nate’s Fixation On Cassie is Problematic, Not Cute

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Euphoria season two is giving us every thing: unimaginable appears to be like, backstories on characters we had been dying for in season one, a killer soundtrack, and, after all, a ton of drama. The entire characters we love (and like to hate) are again and extra chaotic than ever. However in probably the most shocking twists, in episode two, Rue (Zendaya) reveals {that a} beat-up Nate Jacobs (Jacob Elordi) is “in love” with Cassie (Sydney Sweeney) following their toilet hookup on New Yr’s Eve. This love triangle pins greatest buddies Cassie and Maddy (Alexa Demie) towards one another for Nate’s consideration.

I used to be shocked to see that many Euphoria followers ship Nate and Cassie as a pair, contemplating Nate’s historical past as an abuser. Given Euphoria‘s tendency to sort out tough points with intention, I belief that their choices relating to Cassie and Nate’s relationship can be achieved purposefully and in a means that does not give Nate a redemption arc. Nonetheless, as a viewer, I can not assist however critique Nate’s character’s new fixation on Cassie, and I am nervous to see the place it goes. Each Maddy and Cassie deserve so significantly better! Here’s a record of all the explanations Nate’s fixation on (love for?) Cassie is problematic — and her standing as his ex’s greatest good friend is not even primary.

1. Nate is Projecting His Points Onto Girls As an alternative of Trying Internally

In a voiceover, Rue reveals that Nate acknowledges he has his points, however he wonders if “perhaps the explanation he had these points is that Maddy introduced out the worst in him. And perhaps if he met Cassie when he was a sophomore as a substitute of Maddy, she would’ve introduced out the perfect in him.”

In Nate’s season one backstory, we see his “points” (the poisonous masculinity he was raised with, his difficult relationship along with his father, and his intense want for management, simply to call just a few) start to develop lengthy earlier than he meets Maddy. Even when he and Maddy’s poisonous relationship is a damaging affect on Nate’s life, his flaws are nonetheless solely his personal and never the fault of an exterior supply. By blaming Maddy, Nate eradicates himself of any faults, which is especially egregious contemplating his conduct is the most important contributing power within the poisonous nature of their relationship (let’s not overlook he is bodily and emotionally abusive towards her). Blaming a lady for his points is lazy and sexist, however his concept that relationship one other woman will magically convey out “the perfect” in him is apparent delusional. Nate could be higher off wanting inward (Nate, remedy, I am begging you) than shifting on to the subsequent woman to “repair” him.

2. His Fantasy is Primarily based on the Thought of Cassie Fairly Than Who She Really Is

We all know that Nate would not know Cassie all that properly — and he would not appear to wish to, both. Nate’s fantasy would not present a lot of Cassie being who she is, however quite her and Nate having intercourse. It is clearly nice to fantasize about intercourse with the particular person you’ve gotten emotions for, but it surely appears Nate’s concept of “loving” Cassie relies solely on intercourse. Moreover, when Cassie is not in a sexual place in his fantasy, she is pregnant and quiet, speaking minimally round Nate and his father.

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3. Nate’s Monologue is Crammed With Racist Microaggressions

We have already established Nate would not know Cassie that properly, so why is he so certain Cassie is the woman of his goals? It would not seem to be there’s a lot to it apart from that she’s completely different from Maddy: Cassie is white and Maddy is Latina. Cassie is soft-spoken whereas Maddy is outspoken.

It appears Nate implicitly believes Cassie is good, pure, and harmless — and due to this fact a lady like her would make him “higher.” Nate blaming his points on girls is sexist, however his projecting a picture of innocence and purity onto the white, blonde, blue-eyed, and soft-spoken Cassie, whereas portray the outspoken and assured Latina, Maddy, out to be the “unhealthy” alternative and supply of his issues offers it racist undertones as properly.

4. Nate is Nonetheless Romantically Concerned With His Ex

Nate despatched Maddy a loving textual content after his struggle with Fez (and after he and Cassie’s hook-up). Whether or not it is simply to get his arms on his dad’s tapes or as a result of he really nonetheless has emotions for Maddy, it looks as if Nate is making an attempt to maintain Maddy in his life, which does not line up along with his need to have a relationship with Cassie. His communication with each women in secret permits him to be accountable for the scenario, as he is aware of how every of them really feel about him and can probably be capable of pin them towards one another quite than him.

5. Nate is Manipulating Maddy and Cassie’s Vulnerabilities to Keep Management

By stringing Maddy alongside, Nate is exploiting her lingering emotions for him and her need to reconcile to get Cal’s tapes again. In the meantime, he’s exploiting Cassie’s need for male validation with a purpose to maintain their relationship going. He is additionally utilizing Cassie’s worry of penalties (Maddy probably preventing her) to isolate the chums from one another and maintain his and Cassie’s fling a secret. On the cellphone, Nate tells Cassie, “If Maddy finds out, she’s gonna spend the remainder of her life making an attempt to kill me. However she’ll really kill you.” He principally is aware of that each of the ladies he’s manipulating will face greater penalties than he’ll, which retains him accountable for the scenario.

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6. Nate Is not Acknowledging His True Emotions — the Ones He Has For Jules

A very popular and really haunting scene exhibits Nate and Cassie having intercourse whereas blink-and-you’ll-miss-it photographs of Jules flash throughout the display screen. In a voiceover, Rue describes why Nate is fixated on Cassie — however these flashes of Jules indicate to the viewer that he is at the very least partially eager about Jules (Hunter Schafer). It is doable Nate is selecting Cassie and pushing away his emotions for Jules due to his personal transphobia and homophobia (and perhaps additionally due to her previous along with his dad).

7. Nate is Wildly Disrespectful Towards Cassie

Nate first slut-shamed Cassie when he came upon she and McKay had been collectively in season one and paralleled this in season two, repeatedly asking McKay questions on whether or not he and Cassie attached on New Yr’s Eve. Nate later asks Cassie how she is going to look her greatest good friend (and his ex-girlfriend) within the eye whereas consuming her out. To not point out the entire bathe fiasco may have been prevented if Nate had been keen to sacrifice a little bit of dignity and requested Maddy to speak outdoors. He as a substitute ditches Cassie, forcing her to put within the bathe in worry that Maddy will discover her and know she and Nate had been hooking up (after all, Cassie may have owned as much as it, however I will not go there). This therapy is not proper for somebody to do to somebody they had been simply having intercourse with, not to mention “love.”



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