Penn Badgley has won sincere acclaim for his acting in the TV show, You, where he portrays a problematic stalker-cum-murderer character named, Joe.
Joe's a bookshop owner, who spends his time seriously stalking his crush. He portrays a textbook 'nice guy' who dotes on his girlfriend, and is willing to go to any lengths to 'save' her from her own choices and decisions.
This extremely problematic character has some people drooling over for his seemingly 'sweet' qualities.
But Penn Badgley made sure that the 'thirsty' comments don't go unacknowledged, lest they add to the problem of romanticising stalker-ish behaviour as 'cute'.
When a Twitter user posted that Penn's character in Gossip Girl was sexy, but in You it was at another level; Badgley took out time to add to the tweet - 'of problems, right?'.
...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
The deadly ex factor.
A: He is a murderer https://t.co/g2g4f3JvaF— Penn Badgley (@PennBadgley) January 9, 2019
He's also giving a shout out to people who are appreciating his character the right way, without romanticising stalking.
Ditto. It will be all the motivation I need for season 2. https://t.co/fy2hojauDG— Penn Badgley (@PennBadgley) January 9, 2019
"Despite the fact that @YouNetflix's lead Joe is is a total psychopath, many fans fancy him."me: pic.twitter.com/u1OaskNNGR— PopBuzz (@popbuzz) January 9, 2019
I see that—hope I didn’t accidentally drag you... but look what a response this is getting. People wanna talk about problematic/interesting dimensions of the show which is a positive thing. Thanks for being a part of this process https://t.co/QZIGMD1Om7— Penn Badgley (@PennBadgley) January 10, 2019
My favorite feedback so far 😂 https://t.co/jDWLRw2o5C— Penn Badgley (@PennBadgley) January 8, 2019
Celebs taking to social media to jar the romanticisation of their problematic characters is absolute gold.
His politically correct ways have won the internet.