Penn Badgley Responds to 'You' Fans Romanticizing His Stalker Character
By Paige Gawley
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Penn Badgley is warning fans off of their love for his creepy character on his latest series.
Throughout the week, the 32-year-old actor has been calling out fans who tweet him thristy messages about Joe Goldberg, his stalker character on You. On the series, Badgley's Joe falls for and stalks a girl named Beck (Elizabeth Lail). The obsession -- spoiler alert -- turns deadly when Joe begins killing off people in Beck's life.
Despite the creepy nature of the show -- and the disturbing factors that make up Joe -- some fans are swooning over Badgley's bookstore manager character. Badgley, it turns out, hilariously took issue with his appealing nature.
"I've never trusted anyone less than @PennBadgley," one fan wrote. Badgley called the tweet his "favorite feedback so far."
When a different user responded to Badgley's tweet by saying, "no we love joe in this house," he answered with a pun of his own. "Which house is that? The House of Representatives? ;) ok no more puns. Thanks for the love but... you know what I’m sayin ????♂️"
Which house is that? The House of Representatives? ;) ok no more puns. Thanks for the love but... you know what I’m sayin 🙏🏻💁🏻♂️
The next tweet made Badgley question his career decisions. "If @PennBadgley keeps playing stalker dudes obsessed with reading and writing, i have no choice but to believe he is in real life. shady mf smh," a fan wrote, referencing Badgley's Gossip Girl role once more.
"Yeah I really should consult with my agent about this huh," Badgley quipped.
Additionally, Badgley reposted a meme about the odd Joe obsession as well as a poll asking whether murder or cheating was worse. "I'm gonna amp this poll so we can just... see," Badgley wrote of the poll.
ET caught up with the actor back in September and he discussed the problematic fascination that people have with Joe.
"The question really does become: What time are we in? What moment are we in that we find this so compelling? I'm not saying it's bad to find it compelling, but what is it that people like so much?" he said. "I think with this show, we have the opportunity to explore and we don't necessarily have to feel bad about it, but we should be asking the question."
"And then there's this other part, where Joe demands that we recognize where we have been operating under faulty logic," Badgley added. "Like, 'Oh yeah, I was kinda doing it. I just wasn't doing what he did.' How disingenuous is it for me to feel so far from how he's behaving if I'm at the trail-head -- he's much further down and he went off on a detour and he's lost in the woods -- and maybe I should just not be here at all. Maybe I should be at a different park. It's an interesting idea."
"It's an interesting part of this conversation about why we might like Joe, what we find about him that is relatable. In a way, he's trying to be the kind of man that he's seen in movies," he continued. "He's also threatened by the kind of man he thinks he's meant to be, in terms of a brooding, brutish man; strong, cold predator, more or less. How predatory are the male icons we've loved for decades? He's threatened by the male archetype and then he tries to embody it, and he's sorely mistaken on both counts. But there is a point where I can't blame him and then past that point, he must be blamed."