Oh my gosh he’s so cute, I’d let him kidnap and murder me! Not. The Netflix show “You” romanticizing psychopaths and making them look like the perfect boyfriend makes me uncomfortable. I feel like it’s a pretty gross and irresponsible message to be sending people. Scrolling through my Twitter feed, I see girls tweeting about how cute the main character Joe (Penn Badgley) is, while completely overlooking the fact that he’s a literal murderer. It’s not like that fact is a small or glossed-over part of the show, it’s actually the main plot, so why is everybody choosing to ignore it? Robert Hare, the scientist who invented the Psychopathy Checklist, said about 1 percent of the world, approximately 7.5 billion people, are psychopaths. “You” shows that they can be just about anybody you meet. The protagonist of the show, Beck (Elizabeth Lail), is just an average girl that happened to collide paths with Joe. She was not portrayed as the sharpest knife in the torture chamber, but she’s meant to show other girls how easy it is for someone like Joe to edge themselves into your life and slowly take over. We all like to say that it wouldn’t happen
Witty and problematic, Netflix’s “Step Sisters” nudges the issue of cultural appropriation. The Netflix original attempts to follow in the footsteps of shows such as “Dear White People” and act as a platform for difficult but necessary conversations, but fails to drive its point home. The film follows successful college student Jamilah (Megalyn Echikunwoke) on the road to Harvard law school. She seems to have her life figured out — she’s the president of her African American sorority Theta Psi Chi, on her way to her dream school and dating a “woke” white guy. Her life comes crashing down when her parents tell her that they won’t be endorsing her for Harvard and she’s forced to look to the college’s dean (Robert Curtis Brown) for a letter of recommendation. This is how she finds herself coaching Sigma Beta Beta, a predominately white sorority, traditional black fraternity step dancing. Cue the racial tension. The premise of the movie revolves around Jamilah struggling to feel like she belongs with the people around her. This feeling is only exacerbated by the divide between the two sororities once Theta feels like SBB is stealing a piece of culture that is essential to their traditions.
There’s a moment in episode four of “Stranger Things 2” that encapsulates the most disappointing thing about the show’s second season. Billy Hargrove, a new town resident and completely useless character, commands that younger sister Max not hang out with any of the lovable nerds who comprise the show’s main cast. He especially doesn’t want to see his sister being friends with Lucas, the show’s only main black character. The implication is that the newcomer is racist. So I sat there thinking that maybe “Stranger Things” would grow from being a fun, inoffensive show shamelessly in love with ‘80s pop culture to one which recognized that the era it takes place in wasn’t kind to all of America’s citizens. I thought maybe the show would do something interesting with the period that it mines to earn adoration. Unfortunately I had my hopes too high. The hint of racism is literally never mentioned again. Billy doesn’t bluntly state that race is why he singles out Lucas, but there’s really no reason to think otherwise. The two had never met before and Billy is a d**k to everyone. He simply didn’t like what he saw — a black boy talking to his