People are thirsting over Joe Goldberg in Netflix's 'You' and it's problematic AF

9 January 2019, 13:25

Sam  Prance

By Sam Prance

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?

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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.

YOU Netflix fans fancy Penn Badgley as stalker Joe Goldberg
YOU Netflix fans fancy Penn Badgley as stalker Joe Goldberg. Picture: Netflix // Twitter // YouTube

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.

Yes. Yes you are insane.

We're pretty sure that this counts as missing the point.

When he locks you in a glass box we think you might be upset.

This is just wrong.

We pray that you get the help you need.

And this doesn't make any sense.

You know he's a stalker seconds in. HOW IS HE CHARMING?

The power of Penn Badgley really knows no bounds.


The thing is, even if he didn't kill people, he would still be scary.


There really is no way to defend him.

I'm crying.

At least one or two people are separating Penn from Joe.

This is better I guess.

Then there are those who fancy Penn because of Joe.

We need to log off.