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The Ted Bundy documentary and film are now experiencing the 'You' effect

‘Ted Bundy kinda cute though.’

EARLIER THIS MONTH, Twitter was awash with a worrying number of tributes to Joe Goldberg – the psychopathic lead character in You, who happens to be a stalker and serial murderer.

you Source: Giphy

Such was the extent of the veneration, Penn Badgley who plays Joe, felt compelled to respond to individual tweets, explaining why admiring his character was a questionable inclination.

But the message clearly didn’t land with everyone if the response to Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes is anything to go by.

Indeed, since the launch of the Netflix documentary which chronicles the life and crimes of real-life serial killer, Ted Bundy, Twitter users have been dubbing an individual, who was responsible for the death of more than 30 women, as ‘cute’.

This questionable admiration appears to be further fuelled by the upcoming film, which stars Zac Efron as the infamous serial rapist and killer.

Indeed, just like the romantisation of Penn Badgley’s character in You, some Zac Efron fans are taking the same approach to the individual he portrays in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile.

Source: Rapid Trailer/YouTube

Whether those involved in the conversation are referring to Bundy himself, or the character as portrayed by Zac Efron, the problematic nature of the sentiment is hard to ignore.

Acknowledging this, a number of Twitter users have, thankfully, urged others to draw boundaries when considering the sensitive nature of the subject.

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