Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown is, like so many of us, getting around Netflix’s recently-released show, You. But she’s shared a controversial take on Joe, the main character that has us legitimately worried about her ability to fend for herself in this world.
She posted a video on her Instagram Story that is actually distressing.
“So I just started that new show You… He’s not creepy! He’s in love with her and it’s okay! So, I’m obsessed with it”
She followed up with a pre-emptively defensive comment to the naysayers, announcing,
“By the way, I know everybody is gonna say “Ahhh, he’s a stalker, why would you support that?!” But like, he’s in love with her… just watch the show and don’t judge me on my opinion.”
Just to recap, Joe Goldberg (played by Penn Badgley) is the antihero of You. He becomes obsessed with a girl and proceeds to stalk her, manipulate her, and literally kill people. “He’s in love with her and it’s OK” is literally the WORST TAKE.
Millie Bobby Brown isn’t the first to express some kind of affection for Joe, but most people admit to having a guilty attraction to him but knowing that he is, in fact, a psychopath. Brown’s comment’s are disconcertingly genuine.
Penn Badgley already made an effort to shut this down last week, actively combatting the misplaced fondness for his character. Who is a stalker. And a murderer. C’mon guys.
A: He is a murderer https://t.co/g2g4f3JvaF
— Penn Badgley (@PennBadgley) January 9, 2019
Needless to say, people are not reacting well to Millie Bobby Brown’s “He’s not creepy” opinion on You. The general consensus is that there needs to be some kind of intervention to set her straight and protect her from men that even bear a remote likeness to Joe and his behaviour.
millie bobby brown is on her ig story saying that joe from you “isn’t creepy he’s in love with her” honey……. sweetie no
— marie (@swiftodrama) January 15, 2019
It’s also a confronting reminder of how in need tweens are of guidance and protection. We all had bad takes at the age of 14, we just hope someone has Millie Bobby Brown’s back and fends off the Joes.
millie bobby brown said joe from you isn’t creepy, he’s just in love with her and it’s ok… this is why 14 year olds shouldn’t have internet access
— nat (@myloveIikeastar) January 15, 2019
Millie Bobby Brown’s terrible take highlights how easily manipulated people can be by good looks. If Joe was ugly, he surely wouldn’t be getting the “He’s not creepy” treatment, and that’s the danger of psychopaths.
So watch out for Joes, and someone please look after Millie Bobby Brown.