People are thirsting over Joe Goldberg in Netflix's 'You' and it's problematic AF
9 January 2019, 13:25 | Updated: 2 January 2020, 17:14
Penn Badgley plays Joe Goldberg in YOU on Netflix...
It's no secret that we're obsessed with YOU. Ever since the critically acclaimed thriller was added to Netflix at the end of last month, we haven't been able to stop thinking about it. YOU tells the story of bookstore owner Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley), who meets Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail) by chance, falls in love at first sight and then attempts to win her over. It sounds romantic, right?
No. For those of who you haven't watched YOU yet, Joe is a stalker and he is petrifying. He isn't just some guy who is a little bit too invested in a relationship, he's dangerous af. From spying on Beck in private and stealing her underwear (!) to actually killing people (!!), he is a total psychopath. With that in mind, you'd think that people hate him and yet many fans now fancy Joe.
WTF? No. We're not joking. Just one look at social media and you'll see that Joe Goldberg has many admirers in spite of his terrifying antics. Of course, Penn Badgely himself is attractive (this is not up for debate) but there is literally nothing that is in any way redeemable about Joe. He literally masturbates in public watching Beck in her house from the street. He is gross.
And that's not even getting into his multiple murders (RIP Peach Salinger). Still the internet has no chill and with that in mind we've gathered together the funniest tweets from people who can't help but be attracted to Joe. From the self-aware (some fans realise how wrong it is) to the WTF ones (some of you need therapy), here they are in all their glory.
Some are just stating their fantasies loud and proud.
Did you watch the series?
Others are at least questioning their sanity.
I can’t stop thinking about Joe Goldberg and I think I love him, am I insane— Nickela Murphy (@NickelaMurphy) January 2, 2019
Yes. Yes you are insane.
We're pretty sure that this counts as missing the point.
if i had a stalker that looked like penn badgley i wouldn’t be THAT upset pic.twitter.com/rQ6RtCX0BG— Sienna (@siennaunter) January 6, 2019
When he locks you in a glass box we think you might be upset.
This is just wrong.
Waiting for my joe goldberg......................😣😣😣— rhi (@RhiannonPunch) January 8, 2019
We pray that you get the help you need.
And this doesn't make any sense.
Have to appreciate Penn Badgley’s performance. One minute he’s charming and gorgeous and every girl’s dream guy and the next minute he’s the creepiest scariest thing. #YOUNetflix pic.twitter.com/GPtykLrDL7— زيـــبا (@ZainabShakeeb) January 1, 2019
You know he's a stalker seconds in. HOW IS HE CHARMING?
The power of Penn Badgley really knows no bounds.
well 'you' on netflix was a fucking trip and now i'm torn between being scared of everyone I know but also being strangely attracted to Penn badgley in it— brontey white (@Brontey_) January 1, 2019
The thing is, even if he didn't kill people, he would still be scary.
Want a boyfriend with the dedication of Joe Goldberg, but he doesn’t kill people. Thanks— ciara (@ciaraaacurran) January 6, 2019
THE MASTURBATION SCENE.
There really is no way to defend him.
Me defending Joe Goldberg after watching YOU. pic.twitter.com/xOvg0SNHnQ— Moondust (@Dyartemis) December 30, 2018
At least one or two people are separating Penn from Joe.
i am half an hour into the first ep of you and it is clear to me that peach is the only sensible person involved in this story, unlike me, who would like penn badgley to stalk me— 🐐 (@oneofthosefaces) January 8, 2019
This is better I guess.
Then there are those who fancy Penn because of Joe.
I always thought he was good looking but I cannot believe it took him playing a sociopath for me to see that Penn Bagdley is a...hottie— bolu babalola (@BeeBabs) January 7, 2019
We need to log off.