AceShowbiz - Penn Badgley urged fans to stop romanticizing psychopaths. Even though he appreciated all the love he got for his Joe Goldberg role on "You", the 32-year-old actor couldn't help but be left concerned by what his fans were saying online about his psychopathic character.
On Wednesday, January 9, the former "Gossip Girl" actor took to Twitter to try to stop the fantasy. Replying to a fan who asked him to "kidnap me pls," he simply wrote back, "No thnx." He also chose to be direct when a swooning fan asked, "Said this already but @PennBadley is breaking my heart once again as Joe. What is it about him?" He pointed out, "A: He is a murderer."
No thx https://t.co/VnBqJ3JoxG— Penn Badgley (@PennBadgley) 9 Januari 2019
A: He is a murderer https://t.co/g2g4f3JvaF— Penn Badgley (@PennBadgley) 9 Januari 2019
Badgley additionally offered his thought in response to a fan's tweet that read, "The transition from Dan Humphrey -my crush- to Joe Goldberg - the guy I'm terrified of- is exceptional . How i actually believed @PennBadgley in both is scintillating." He responded, "That's actually really interesting, thank you. Maybe part of the transition is actually you - all of us - growing up, or rather maturing in our perception of these toxic norms."
That’s actually really interesting, thank you. Maybe part of the transition is actually you—all of us—growing up, or rather maturing in our perception of these toxic norms— Penn Badgley (@PennBadgley) 9 Januari 2019
Lucky for Emma Stone's co-star in "Easy A", not all of his fans thought the same of his character. One Twitter user, in particular, noted, "The amount of people romanticizing @PennBadgley's character in YOU scares me." To which, the actor gladly replied, "Ditto. It will be all the motivation I need for season 2."
Ditto. It will be all the motivation I need for season 2. https://t.co/fy2hojauDG— Penn Badgley (@PennBadgley) 9 Januari 2019
This was not the first time Badgley addressed the romantization of Joe. Back in September 2018, he told E! News of his character, "I personally was troubled. I understood the appeal, but I was really ambivalent. I was really troubled, and that was also what [executive producers Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble] said was appropriate about me playing him."
"I remain ambivalent. I'm really questioning why people like Joe so much," he elaborated. " 'Yeah, but he loves her, but he's sweet, but it's a love story!' In what world?! I don't believe that's love. I don't think that love equals this, so I think we have to question, what is love, and if we think this is love, where are we mistaken?"