Millie Bobby Brown


Millie Bobby Brown has the wrong take on ‘You’

The 'Stranger Things' star should have kept this to herself.


Alyse Stanley


Posted on Jan 15, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 9:28 pm CDT

Part rom-com, part horror story, the series You has been dominating Twitter feeds since it premiered on Netflix last month (after originally airing on Lifetime back in September). But where many viewers see a cautionary tale about an obsessive stalker, Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown sees a budding romance.

Through You‘s first season, Gossip Girl’s Penn Badgley plays a bookstore manager who falls in love with—and promptly begins stalking—one of his customers. No spoilers here, but if you’ve seen any of the many horror movies in the same vein, you can guess how the story goes. His pursuit leads to many terrifying breaches of privacy and even more blood.

Brown took to Instagram this week to defend the stalker character, Joe Goldberg, despite the laundry list of crimes he commits throughout the show.

“He’s not creepy, he’s in love with her, and it’s OK,” she says before admitting she’s obsessed with the show and binge-watching it. Apparently realizing her first video would receive pushback, she uploaded a second one claiming Goldberg isn’t a stalker, as other fans would argue. He’s simply acting out of love. “Just watch the show and don’t judge me on my opinion,” she adds.

But, of course, Twitter did just that. Many users who found her views problematic called her childish and worried how her younger fans would react to Brown condoning the stalking.

Brown isn’t alone in mistaking the character’s abusive and violent behavior with love. At Badgley’s incredulity, fans have begged him to stalk or kidnap them.

But some users blamed Brown’s close relationship with Drake—who’s been giving the teenage actor dating advice despite being twice her age—for warping her ideas about healthy relationships. Brown has called the rapper a mentor, but that hasn’t stopped fans from questioning Drake’s motives for the friendship.

Mostly, though, users just wanted to know: Was Brown even watching the same show?


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*First Published: Jan 15, 2019, 6:42 pm CST