Joe Goldberg, the character played by Penn Badgley in “You,” is a handsome guy. But as Badgley has repeatedly emphasized, that is only true on the outside. When Badgley learned that his serial killer character has a huge fandom, he admitted to InStyle as early as 2020 that the draw had frequently worried him.

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At the time, he said, “We’re not yet at the point as a society where we’re able to watch anything and not ultimately glorify it. “It’s a little strange how things appear on video. It may not be precisely like real life, but it is intended to be compelling in some way.” Badgley acknowledged that his program was at least partly to blame for some of those unwarranted emotions, though. He told InStyle that “[Joe] is] actually in some ways designed to be the perfect man who does this really awful thing—to even say it’s terrible is kind of an understatement.”

Since then, Badgley has slightly altered his position. In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, he explained that the platform that streams his program could be to blame for some people’s attraction to serial killers.

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To be honest, he added, “With our show, you’re supposed to fall in love with him.” That is our fault. In fact, during his chat with 2020 InStyle, Badgley went into great detail about some of those mechanisms. He remarked at the time, “There are moments when Joe is so impossibly sympathetic, even honest and brave. He occasionally strikes the ideal equilibrium between being chivalrous and allowing his partner to be independent and powerful.

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When it came to the viewing public’s crushes on other real-life serial killers whose tales were dramatized on Netflix, the actor was equally blunt with Entertainment Tonight. “Is Ted Bundy? That’s on you, he told the crowd, adding, “Jeffrey Dahmer? Netflix has that.

Netflix is entirely responsible for that.

Naturally, Badgley was alluding to the films “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” and “Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” in which Zac Efron played Ted Bundy and Evan Peters played Jeffrey Dahmer, respectively. Both had their Netflix debuts, and like “You,” both may have glamorized their serial murderer leads. However, neither of the shows had a star who was ready to tell his fans not to love him, and as a result, those other fans might have been lost for good.


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