The opinions on the Twittersphere this past month can be summed up into three words: romanticizing serial killers.
No, this editorial is not going where you think.
The trailer for “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” a movie based on famous serial killer Ted Bundy, caused quite a commotion this weekend when it spread across the Internet. It showed popular ac- tor and stereotypical “hot guy” Zac Efron as one of America’s most notorious murderers.
Critics say portraying Bundy as some- one who the audience would be attractedto and nd charming is irresponsible anddoesn’t do enough of trying to show the monster who confessed to at least 30 mur- ders of women across the country. Odds are the number of deaths far exceeds that number.
Though I see the point critics are tryingto make, I think the lm makes a bold point.Bundy began each of his conquests by try- ing to charm the women he would eventu- ally kill. He declared his innocence once his trials met the public eye, and he milked the media’s attention for all it was worth.
I think it makes an excellent point for women everywhere. Danger does not al- ways come in the package you might think. It’s not always the creepy looking guy hit- ting on you and obviously trying to grope you at the bar or in a dark ally.
Sometimes it’s the handsome strangerwho asks you with irty eyes if you can helphim because his car broke down.
Twitter had a similar debate about theNet ix original “You,” which came out in
The show, starring Penn Badgley as
bookstore manager Joe Goldberg, follows the young literature lover as he falls for a college student that walks into his shop.What seems like a harmless crush at rstturns into an obsession that leads to the death of three people by the end of therst season.
Reviewers seemed pretty split on their thoughts about Joe. Sometimes he told Beck all the right things, and sometimes his actions left you speechless and questioningwhy you ever liked Joe in the rst place.
Many girls tagged Badgley in posts on Twitter commenting about how attractive he was in this role. I think much of this had to do with his former role as Dan Humphrey in “Gossip Girl.” He didn’t miss a beat, though, when he used his platform to make sure all his followers knew where he stood on the topic.
He pointed out that viewers are meant to relate to Joe deep down. It’s supposed to call out the sketchy dude your friend isdating or your buddy that irts with girls ina way that he doesn’t realize makes them feel uncomfortable.
From Beck’s perspective for a while, the relationship looks healthy and loving. They share the same interests, and he knows all the right things to say to make her feel loved and cared for. It’s not until later Beck learns that Joe has learned everything about her by stalking her since the moment he saw her.
Both “You” and “Extremely Wicked,Shockingly Evil and Vile” are examples why women – and let’s be real, everyone – should be wary about strangers, even if
they’re attractive on the surface. Dangerouspeople don’t just have one speci c look,and they should not be treated like they do. No amount of good looks takes away the crimes these two characters commit.
Seeing these movies should make you question your decisions, the way you are treated and the way you treat other people. They should make you look out for some- one who looks like they could be in danger.
Hollywood can sometimes go deeper than just the big screen. It might be onto something.