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You star Penn Badgley slams Netflix for causing fans to ‘fall in love with Jeffrey Dahmer’


Penn Badgley has slammed Netflix for causing fans to ‘fall in love’ with serial killers like Jeffrey Dahmer – despite the Gossip Girl actor himself playing a murderer on the streaming service’s series, You.

The star, 36, who plays serial killer Joe Goldberg on You, hit out at the ‘weird’ concept of fans becoming attracted to real-life killers after watching shows such as the Evan Peters‘ helmed hit Monster.

Badgley also said the responsibility for the phenomenon ‘fell squarely on the shoulders of Netflix’ in an interview with Entertainment Tonight to promote his own serial killer drama’s fourth season.

Badgley – who previously revealed he asked for less sex scenes on the show, said: ‘To be fair, with our show, you’re meant to fall in love with [Joe]. That’s on us.

He added: ‘Ted Bundy? That’s on you. Jeffrey Dahmer? That is on Netflix. That is squarely on the shoulders of Netflix.

Hello You (hypocrite?) Penn Badgley has slammed Netflix for causing fans to ‘fall in love’ with serial killers like Jeffrey Dahmer – despite the Gossip Girl actor himself playing a murderer on the streaming service’s series, You

Badgley’s comments are somewhat baffling, as the streaming giant produces his hit show You, which has been widely credited for reviving the actor’s career.

A renewed spotlight was shone on serial killer and cannibal Dahmer’s crimes via the Ryan Murphy series Monster, which starred Peters.

Between 1978 and 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer raped, murdered and cannibalized 17 young men in Wisconsin and Ohio. He was convicted in 1992 and murdered in prison two years later at the age of 34.

The show was hit by a fierce backlash by Dahmer’s victims’ families who claimed they were not consulted before the show went into production.

Showrunner Murphy claimed that he reached out to 20 of the victims’ family members and friends before making Netflix’s new show about Jeffrey Dahmer, but ‘not a single person responded’ – weeks after the Isbell blasted the series for ‘making money off their tragedy’ without permission.  

We [did] research for a very long time,’ he said while discussing the show at an event in September.

‘We, over the course of the three-and-a-half years when we were writing it, working on it, we reached out to around 20 of the victims’ families and friends trying to get input, trying to talk to people, and not a single person responded to us in that process.

In 2019 Netflix chastised some viewers of its Ted Bundy documentary after thousands tweeted about how attractive the infamous serial killer was.

Controversial: The star, 36, who plays serial killer Joe Goldberg on You, hit out at the 'weird' concept of fans becoming attracted to real-life killers after watching shows such as the Evan Peters' helmed hit Monster

Controversial: The star, 36, who plays serial killer Joe Goldberg on You, hit out at the ‘weird’ concept of fans becoming attracted to real-life killers after watching shows such as the Evan Peters’ helmed hit Monster

Monster: Between 1978 and 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer raped, murdered and cannibalized 17 young men in Wisconsin and Ohio. He was convicted in 1992 and murdered in prison two years later at the age of 34

Monster: Between 1978 and 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer raped, murdered and cannibalized 17 young men in Wisconsin and Ohio. He was convicted in 1992 and murdered in prison two years later at the age of 34

No: In 2019 Netflix chastised some viewers of its Ted Bundy documentary after thousands tweeted about how attractive the infamous serial killer was

No: In 2019 Netflix chastised some viewers of its Ted Bundy documentary after thousands tweeted about how attractive the infamous serial killer was

The streaming service’s social media manager was alarmed that so many people who have watched the series so far have focused on Bundy’s looks rather than his heinous crimes, and tweeted a friendly but firm reminder.

‘I’ve seen a lot of talk about Ted Bundy’s alleged hotness and would like to gently remind everyone that there are literally THOUSANDS of hot men on the service — almost all of whom are not convicted serial murderers,’ read the tweet.

Bundy confessed to killing 30 women in seven states and escaped custody twice. He was executed for his horrific crimes in 1989. 

The fourth season of You sees Badgley’s character, Joe Goldberg, receives a taste of his own medicine from a  vengeful serial killer as he attempts to keep a low profile under a new identity.

After killing ten people over the past three seasons of You, Goldberg is unable to escape his past once he catches the attention of a murder, who is dubbed the ‘Eat the Rich Killer.’ 

Following his move to London, and new life as Professor Jonathan Moore, Joe battles a fresh heartbreak, which he ominously calls the ‘catalyst for a new path.’  

The previous season ended with Joe killing Love, the mother of his child, before jetting off to Europe in search of Marienne.

Killer appearance: Badgley's comments are somewhat baffling, as the streaming giant produces his hit show You, which has been widely credited for reviving the actor's career

Killer appearance: Badgley’s comments are somewhat baffling, as the streaming giant produces his hit show You, which has been widely credited for reviving the actor’s career



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