For the second time already in 2019, Netflix has made a plea with audiences to, well, stop being so damn ridiculous. Earlier this month, the streaming service asked viewers to stop doing the "Bird Box Challenge." Now it would like you to please, for the love of all that is holy, stop calling serial killer Ted Bundy "hot." Is that too much to ask?
With the recent release of Netflix's Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes and the soon-to-be-released feature film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile based on Bundy's life, people on social media are feeling thirsty as hell about Bundy, and it is straight-up unacceptable.
I am sad to announce that Ted Bundy is having a moment.
Last week, Netflix released a four-part docuseries called Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. It's directed and created by Joe Berlinger and features old footage, rare interviews, and more surrounding his crimes up until his execution in 1989.
Shortly after it started streaming, the trailer for an upcoming feature film called Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile was released.
Also directed by Berlinger, it's a biopic based on Bundy's life, starring Zac Efron as the serial killer himself. The film's already gaining lots of attention, as some people are concerned that Efron's casting will cause the unnecessary sexualization of Bundy.
However, Kathy Kleiner Rubin, a real-life survivor of a Ted Bundy attack, believes Efron is the perfect embodiment of Bundy for the film.
In an interview, Kleiner Rubin explained that not everyone is as they seem and that's kind of the point. "I don’t have a problem with people looking at it, as long as they understand that what they’re watching wasn’t a normal person," she said.
She said it's important to show him as he really was: a seemingly normal, good-looking man on the outside and a monster on the inside.
"I believe that in order to show him exactly the way it was, it's not really glorifying him, but it's showing him. And when they do say positive and wonderful things about him, that's who they saw. That's who Bundy wanted you to see," Kleiner Rubin elaborated.