Ted Bundy Tapes: Netflix politely asks viewers to stop swooning over serial killer

'There are literally THOUSANDS of hot men on the service – almost all of whom are not convicted serial murderers'

Roisin O'Connor
Tuesday 29 January 2019 13:00 GMT
Conversations with a Killer The Ted Bundy Tapes trailer

Netflix has felt compelled to remind its audience that serial killer Ted Bundy is an innapropriate choice of crush, after noticing a number of tweets about his alleged attractiveness.

The streaming service released its four-part docuseries, Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, over the weekend, to mark 30 years since Bundy was executed for the murder, rape and dismemberment of at least 30 women in the Seventies.

A feature film starring Zac Efron, titled Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, has also been released.

In both the film and the documentary series, Bundy is portrayed as educated, charming and handsome – traits that many believe enabled him to get away with his crimes for so long (a recent article in Refinery disputed this, claiming it was more to do with white privilege).

Still, there have been a number of comments on social media around Bundy's appearance, in particular that people find him attractive.

"Such a waste of a baby daddy," one tweeted, while another commented: "We can all agree that Ted Bundy was hot af."

"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 US tweeted in response.

This is the second time in recent weeks that Netflix has acknowledged a problem with fan crushes on social media.

Both the streaming service and lead actor Penn Badgley had to remind fans that his character Joe Goldbery in the stalker thriller series YOU was a murderer, and fantasising about him kidnapping them was weird.

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