Netflix Concerned Viewers Consider Ted Bundy 'Hot' Jan 29, 2019 18:38:11 GMT -5
Post by Joanna on Jan 29, 2019 18:38:11 GMT -5
Netflix Concerned Viewers Consider Ted Bundy 'Hot'
Once again, Netflix is reminding subscribers not to lust after a killer and this time, it’s the man who inspired the term “serial killer” himself – Ted Bundy. The streaming giant took to Twitter this week to express concern over users’ discussions about the murderer’s good looks. “I’ve seen a lot of talk about Ted Bundy’s alleged hotness and would like to gently remind everyone that there are literally THOUSANDS of hot men on the service – almost all of whom are not convicted serial murderers,” Netflix tweeted from its official account Monday, garnering more than 20,000 retweets and 115,000 likes.
Many people were also perplexed by the recent “public service announcements,” including a user who replied: “Your last few PSAs have me worried that they even have to be mentioned in the first place.”
“The fact that this even needs to be said ....” another echoed.
“This clear disconnect of reality and fantasy staggers me. Ya’ll NEED help,” a third responded.
While it may seem odd, several viewers of Netflix’s new docu-series, Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, cited the fact Bundy’s charming, clean-cut look played a major role in his killing spree. He’s often been described as “chameleon-like,” changing his appearance to evade capture. “He had his hair cut off and he changed his part from one side to the other and he made himself look completely different,” journalist Stephen G. Michaud, co-author of The Only Living Witness: The True Story Of Serial Sex Killer Ted Bundy, said in the Netflix special, per Oxygen.
Eventually – just before his execution – Bundy admitted to murdering more than two dozen women. He was sentenced to death after being convicted of killing two Florida State University sorority sisters and a 12-year-old girl. He died in Florida’s electric chair on Jan. 24, 1989, two months to the day after his 42nd birthday.
This is the second time in recent months Netflix users have been cited for their bizarre opinions. In early January, Penn Badgley called out fans of You for fantasizing about his psychopathic character – a bookstore manager who kills anyone he perceives as a roadblock when it comes to finding love with a woman named Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail). “I personally was troubled ...,” Badgley previously told E! News. “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.”
Then there was the Bird Box fiasco: Following December’s release of the Sandra Bullock thriller, fans commenced sharing videos of themselves wandering about blindfolded doing the so-called #BirdboxChallenge, which is inspired by scenes from the movie. Netflix responded with a tweet urging viewers to rethink the viral challenge. “Can’t believe I have to say this, but: PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE,” the streaming service tweeted Jan. 2. “We don’t know how this started, and we appreciate the love, but Boy and Girl have just one wish for 2019 and it is that you not end up in the hospital due to memes.”
Sources: Jennifer Earl, Fox News, January 29, 2019, and Maeve McDermott, USA Today, January 29, 2019.