Millie Bobby Brown on You: "He's not creepy, he's in love."
We've all had some messed up ideas about romantic relationships at one point or another, many of them introduced to us via TV, movies, and books. Some of us grew up thinking that girls shouldn't make the first move, that a guy treating you badly just means that he loves you, or that it's romantic if a dude breaks into your bedroom to watch you sleeping *cough*Twilight*cough*. So when Millie Bobby Brown went on Instagram stories to voice some very disturbing thoughts on Netflix's You, we were shocked, but we could empathise.
In the Instagram story, Millie filmed herself gushing about You, saying that she thought Joe (Penn Badgley's character) wasn't a creepy, but just another man in love.
Millie Bobby Brown on You: Watch the video below
"So I just started that new show You. He's not creepy, he's in love with her and it's okay," she said. "By the way, I know everybody is gonna say 'Ahhh, he's a stalker, why would you support that?!' But like, he's in love with her... just watch the show and don't judge me on my opinion."
did she just say that stalking someone is okay..? pic.twitter.com/O8Dh2fOYnh— max ? (@arianavxnti) January 15, 2019
She's now deleted the story, no doubt due to the backlash her post got.
Many were quick to come to her defense, pointing out that Millie is, after all, just 14 years old.
when i was 14 i thought aria dating her own teacher when she was underaged was normal. don’t call millie bobby brown stupid for being young and not understanding a toxic dynamic. — nita (@trikaelson) January 15, 2019
She might seem mature for her age, but this IG story just illustrates that Millie is a kid, who's still learning what a healthy relationship looks like. Some of us in our 20s and 30s are still figuring that stuff out, so instead of vilifying Millie, maybe we should focus our energies on helping impressionable girls like her understand that the stalker/murderer on that new show isn't someone they'd want to date, no matter how smoking hot he is.
Millie definitely isn't alone in her romanticization of Joe. Penn himself has taken to Twitter to put Joe's admirers in their place.
Lmaooo my nigga Joe pic.twitter.com/S6VMfBQCCl— HAIL PAIMON (@BL00DYSUSHI) January 15, 2019
A: He is a murderer https://t.co/g2g4f3JvaF— Penn Badgley (@PennBadgley) January 9, 2019
Ditto. It will be all the motivation I need for season 2. https://t.co/fy2hojauDG— Penn Badgley (@PennBadgley) January 9, 2019
...of problems, right? https://t.co/9NmOGWvSYb— Penn Badgley (@PennBadgley) January 9, 2019
No thx https://t.co/VnBqJ3JoxG— Penn Badgley (@PennBadgley) January 9, 2019
You heard it from Penn himself, girls. No, thank you, indeed.
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