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Why Netflix Needs Viewers To Stop Thirsting Over “Sexy” Villains

Netflix has needed to remind their viewers to not thirst over the alluring yet terribly unpleasant male characters in their latest tele shows.

This disturbing chain of events first began with Netflix’s ‘You”s main character Joe Goldberg. *SPOILER ALERT* Joe is a bookshop manager who obsesses over a customer, Guinevere Beck. He breaks into her house, steals her undergarments, and swipes her old phone so he can follow her on her new phone. And that’s only just the first two episodes.

Even the actor Penn Badgley who plays the obsessive Joe Goldberg has taken to Twitter to let us know that viewers’ reactions are bizarre and that his character is not in any way the ideal man.

The peculiarity of Netflix viewers stretched further with viewers romanticising the real life serial killer Ted Bundy in the new documentary series ‘Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes’. In what world would a documentary series, a medium that provides real life footage and evidence on an issue, ever glorify the serial killer? Especially in terms of their physical appearance?

Actually, Netflix went as far as warning its viewers not to watch the four onehour long episodes alone. Furthermore, reviewers describe the episodes as bingeable, but suggest separate viewings in order to absorb the highly disturbing content and ‘sleep at night’. If you need to lust over any 1970’s celebrity that isn’t a serial killer, this Twitter thread has got you covered.

What’s next? Perhaps we will think back and want Marvel’s Jessica Jones’ Kilgrave to forcibly control our own minds and bodies just because the character is played by the devilishly handsome David Tennant. Need I remind you that, *SPOILER ALERT*, Kilgrave’s power of controlling minds left the victim with the feeling that they wanted to do things like attempt suicide and have sex with Kilgrave. But really it wasn’t ever them that had that feeling. We can’t even begin to imagine what that would feel like.

Please let it not be a thing to sexualise or romanticise villains on TV shows, or even any other medium for that matter. A villain is a villain due to its inherent evilness – it’s creepy that that’s now “sexy”.


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