Millie Bobby Brown shares new video taking back defence of stalker character in Netflix series You

The actress has changed her mind after originally claiming the character wasn't a stalker but simply a man in love

Clémence Michallon
New York
Thursday 17 January 2019 16:49
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Millie Bobby Brown backtracks after defending Penn Badgley's You character

Millie Bobby Brown has walked back her defence of the main character in the Netflix show You, after claiming the man played by Penn Badgley is “not creepy” but “in love”.

The 14-year-old actor clarified her position on Instagram on Wednesday, admitting she had revised her earlier judgement.

In a previous video, Brown had said: “So I just started that new show You... He’s not creepy, he’s in love with her and it’s okay.”

She had added in another clip: “I know everybody’s gonna say ‘Ahhh, he’s a stalker, why would you support that?’ No, like, he’s in love with her. Just watch the show and don’t judge me on my opinion.”

Many viewers were surprised to see the actor (who rose to fame on Netflix's Stranger Things) siding with the character, a bookstore manager named Joe who becomes obsessed with Beck, a graduate student and aspiring writer.

Joe’s conduct escalates from watching her from afar to reading her private messages, eventually devolving into murder.

After watching all 10 episodes of the series, Brown formed a new opinion of Joe.

“So I just finished You and, I guess the other day I made a video. I was on episode two, I guess I gathered an analysis too quickly,” she said.

“Watched episode 10 – most definitely is a stalker. But it was a really great show so I’m really excited for season two. My bad if I upset anyone.”

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Badgley himself has spoken out against his character’s behaviour on Twitter, making it clear that Joe’s conduct shouldn’t be romanticised.

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