Do we have to do this, internet? Do we have to remind you not to find psychopaths sexy? You do you and all that, but Penn Badgley would prefer you not want to do You.
Warning: Spoilers ahead for the TV show You.
Joe Goldberg on the TV show You is an obsessed stalker and murderer. He uses social media, lies, and the aforementioned murder to try and get a woman, Guinevere Beck, to fall in love with him.
Not helping this situation is that Goldberg is played by Penn Badgley, a fairly attractive actor. So attractive, in fact, that people are choosing to completely ignore his character’s actions.
I mean, Joe Goldberg IS kind of hot.
So inlove with Penn Badgley more popularly known as Dan Humphrey but not in gossip girl but as Joe Goldberg in You. I never saw him as gossipgirl but after watching you he is certainly plays a freakishly sexy stalker pretty well.
— owhe orowo ebosetale (@od_talle) December 27, 2018
— Melissa Schulz (@ThePrettyPixie) November 12, 2018
Joe Goldberg is so sexy
— Dr. OG (@Choojimmy) October 6, 2018
Either I'm psychotic or Joe Goldberg is hot as hell…despite the whole stalker shit, he's daddy. Then again I'm just on the 2nd episode lol 😛🤷
— Corina (@TheOneeNddOnly) January 9, 2019
However, this isn’t sitting well with Badgley. The actor is best known for playing less murder-y roles, such as “Woodchuck” Todd in the film Easy A, and the writer/poet Dan Humphrey in Gossip Girl. The shift to murderous stalker is a little jarring, to say the least.
Since the show You moved from Lifetime to Netflix, many more people have discovered Badgley’s performance as Goldberg. With so many people talking about how attractive they find the character, Badgley has to take a stand.
If you mention how sexy Joe Goldberg is, be prepared to be refuted by the actor himself.
Then we got nothing left.
“Thanks 2019 but we’ll take the check plz”
— Penn Badgley (@PennBadgley) January 9, 2019
Real talk: It’s perfectly normal to find something appealing about the character, but don’t ask the actor himself to kidnap you.
Not to worry, Mr. Badgley. There are people out there who understand you.
Why does Penn Badgley always have to play a creepy/annoying character?? He’s hot I want to love him but Dan Humphrey? Ew. Joe Goldberg?? Just wtf.
— Rachel (@rmontesion) January 11, 2019
Going to the bookstore after watching YOU making me extra paranoid. Not smiling at any clerks here
— 𝔡𝔲𝔭𝔯𝔞𝔰 ⭐️ (@alisondupras) January 10, 2019
Ladies let’s try to remember…@PennBadgley is hot, not Joe Goldberg… lest we forget personality makes this pivotal difference.
— Kay (@PenrodKayla) January 11, 2019
— 🦋 (@victoriaaanoel) January 11, 2019
You was a series on Lifetime in which Joe Goldberg, a bookstore manager, stalks a graduate student. He manipulates her and kills the people around her to make her fall in love with him. Because that always turns out so well.
Lifetime passed on a second season but Netflix swooped in and picked it up. It stars Badgley as Joe Golberg and Elizabeth Lail as his love interest, Guinevere Beck. It’s a good show with good actors and interesting writing. But remember, Badgley’s character is not a person you should aspire to be — or to meet.