If you haven't started watching the dark, troubling, and insanely addictive new show You on Netflix, prepare to not eat, sleep, or leave your house again until you've finished it.
There's something about the combination of inventive storytelling, disturbing plotline and compelling characters that just make it impossible to turn off, and one compelling character, in particular, is generating a lot of buzz on social media. But, oddly enough, not for the reason you'd expect.
Warning: Proceed with caution. Spoilers below!
If you haven't watched "You" on Netflix yet, you should probably get on that.
Joe, brilliantly played by Penn Badgley, is beyond creepy.
The object of Joe's affection, Guinevere Beck is the ultimate cool-smart-literary chick.
As his interest in Beck grows, we start to learn more and more about this Joe fellow.
He's also insanely jealous and possessive and thinks that every other man in Beck's life is a threat that must be destroyed.
We also learn that Beck *really* needs to invest in some curtains or blinds – but that's a tad off-topic.
So, considering all of his creepy and downright evil behavior, it's safe to assume that people have less than warm feelings about our main character, Joe, right?
Okay but @PennBadgley was sexy as Dan but lord Joe is a whole new level— gina :) (@gina :))1547058325.0
Thankfully, a voice of reason stepped in to help us all reevaluate the facts – Badgley himself.
...of problems, right? https://t.co/9NmOGWvSYb— Penn Badgley (@Penn Badgley)1547062299.0
That's right, folks! Joe Goldberg is a literal MURDERER.
This Twitter user seems to have suffered a "broken heart" from Penn Badgley's portrayal of Joe.
Said this already but @PennBadgley is breaking my heart once again as Joe. What is it about him? 💔— Nobia Parker (@Nobia Parker)1547063221.0
What is it about him, you may ask yourself?
A: He is a murderer https://t.co/g2g4f3JvaF— Penn Badgley (@Penn Badgley)1547063285.0
Apparently, being hot allows you to get away with pretty much anything.
@PennBadgley but we can do nothing if you're a hot murderer lmao— chris (@chris)1547063507.0
Badgley wasn't shy in expressing his distaste for what we as a society have become.
@cabellosangria Then we got nothing left. “Thanks 2019 but we’ll take the check plz” - Humanity— Penn Badgley (@Penn Badgley)1547063627.0
And, as you'd imagine, the tweets got progressively more and more unsettling.
@PennBadgley kidnap me pls— 𝗠𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗮 🍒 (@𝗠𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗮 🍒)1547058757.0
Understandably, Badgley was not interested.
No thx https://t.co/VnBqJ3JoxG— Penn Badgley (@Penn Badgley)1547062262.0
User @AnnKenn78229514 took things to a whole new level of creepy.
@nobia_parker @PennBadgley I loved this show! I feel bittersweet about rooting for you with a similar thrill to Gos… https://t.co/58r1aFOVx3— AnnKennedy (@AnnKennedy)1547128607.0
Honestly, I can *kind of* see where these Joe-supporters are coming from.
Like, for example, his relationship with young Paco.
Also, his quips about Benji were downright hilarious.
Joe and Beck did seem to have some real chemistry.
But does that really make up for the killing, stalking and manipulating?
Luckily, there are still some sane people left in the world who did not find Joe's antics adorable.
The transition from Dan Humphrey -my crush- to Joe Goldberg - the guy I'm terrified of- is exceptional . How i actu… https://t.co/9n0ccBGhzv— STAY HOME خليك في البيت (@STAY HOME خليك في البيت)1547063431.0
Badgley seemed relieved to see an intelligent comment that also called out Joe's creepiness.
@AmaniShouran That’s actually really interesting, thank you. Maybe part of the transition is actually you—all of us… https://t.co/oKQ5UUnifd— Penn Badgley (@Penn Badgley)1547063511.0
One user went so far as to request that Badgley go back to playing likable characters only.She graciously offered an example of a scene from the movie Easy A where he played Woodchuck Todd, the school mascot. Seriously, is there anything more heartwarming than that?
Badgley, however, wasn't having it.
@badgleyy Haha no only polar opposites from now on— Penn Badgley (@Penn Badgley)1547062708.0
After binge-watching "You" in the span of one night, I can't say I disagree with this statement.
Ive never trusted anyone less than @PennBadgley— Miss Demeanor, M.D. (@Miss Demeanor, M.D.)1546910547.0
Badgley seemed pretty pleased with this statement.
My favorite feedback so far 😂 https://t.co/jDWLRw2o5C— Penn Badgley (@Penn Badgley)1546914553.0
User @darrenglitz commented on the troubling reaction to the Joe character.
the amount of people romanticizing @PennBadgley’s character in YOU scares me— evica (@evica)1547062470.0
Badgley, at least, is using the reaction to his advantage.
Ditto. It will be all the motivation I need for season 2. https://t.co/fy2hojauDG— Penn Badgley (@Penn Badgley)1547062791.0