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Lifetime debuted a crazy show called You in September, centered around Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley), a bookstore clerk who becomes obsessed with an aspiring writer named Beck (Elizabeth Lail). And by obsessed, I mean full-fledged stalker/murderer. Weirdly, though, it didn't get popular until this past month, when Netflix made the first season available for streaming.

"[You] just feels like a really great story to tell with the Netflix model. It was always built to be extremely binge-able," You's co-showrunner Sera Gamble told Vulture. She's right. It's definitely binge-able, and tons of people have already watched it all the way through multiple times. A second season is now in the works, thanks to Netflix.

Anyway, because humanity is a mess, people cannot get enough of Badgley's character, Joe. Some are even attracted to him because of his stalker behavior, rather than in spite of, and Badgley himself is concerned. As am I.


If you're anything like me, you've already watched the entire first season of You. But just in case you need a refresher, here's a glimpse at what it's all about.

Your obsession is coming to Netflix. All episodes of YOU premiere December 26.

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If you haven't watched the 10-episode first season yet, do yourself a favor and head over to Netflix now to binge away.

As you probably know, Badgley's character, Joe, is a beyond-creepy bookstore manager who is obsessed with a girl named Beck.

Now, everyone calls me Joe. @younetflix is streaming today.

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Obsessed is actually an understatement. He stalks her, then dates her, then murders a bunch of people along the way — including Beck's ex-boyfriend and her best friend.

But despite Joe's psychopathic behavior, women on Twitter are still romanticizing him.

At least this woman understood she must have some kind of deep-rooted issue to find this sort of character attractive.

People just cannot control themselves when it comes to Badgley's sharp jawline and dark, curly hair. 

If you thought Badgley was creepy as Dan Humphrey in Gossip Girl, Joe from You takes it to an entirely new level. But something about that dark, handsome, mysterious thing he has going on is leaving women weak in the knees. 


Everyone is conflicted about their feelings. How can one be attracted to a stalker/murderer?

Some actually like him BECAUSE of his stalker behavior, not in spite of it.

"I find Joe from You quite endearing," one Twitter user said. Yes, I am just as confused as you are.

Honestly, this is half the internet right now.

Apparently people are able to see past Joe's crimes because he "means well." IDK, you guys, I'm starting to get confused myself.

Fortunately, we have Badgley himself to give us all a lesson on what is and is not OK.

Lesson one: Murdering people is not OK. Joe is a murderer. We should not like that. This should be the only reason we need not to like him, but alas, the thirst continues.

Badgley is worried about the state of society in 2019.

And honestly, he's got a point. Are we seriously so broken that we find murderous stalkers attractive in 2019? I'll take the check.

Joe is a literal pile of problems.

One woman said Badgley was sexy as Dan Humphrey, but on a whole different level as Joe, which definitely concerned him.

One girl even asked if he would come kidnap her.

He bluntly declined. Although, is it really kidnapping if you ask someone to do it?

A good thing did come out of this weird Twitter thirst, though. 

Badgley said the number of people romanticizing Joe is giving him motivation to step up his game to be even scarier in season 2. What does he have to do to make you dislike him?

Meanwhile, Badgley is going to have a chat with his agent.

These creepy stalker characters he's playing are getting out of hand.

There's no word yet on when season two of You will debut, but in the meantime, try to focus on why Joe is the WORST.

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Don't let that adorable smile fool you; he is evil.