Sunday, December 29, 2019

YOU Season 2: Everybody Wants to Fuck the 15-Year-Old [Teen]

Netflix's season 1 of You was written very similarly to Kepnes' novel. However, compared to Hidden Bodies - Kepnes' follow up to You, season 2 of the streaming series has at least one notable additional subplot. And You have probably guessed that the added for entertainment subplot involves nympholepsy.

In episode 3 of season 2, Joe confronts Ellie Alves, his 15-year-old neighbor and aspiring filmmaker, about "chasing an internship" with Henderson, a famous much older comedian. Joe advises Ellie, because Delila, Ellie's older sister and reporter, informed Joe that when she was 17, she was drugged with GHB, raped and photographed in Henderson's sex dungeon. (Of course, the writers choose 17 because the age of consent in California is 18.)

Ellie didn't take Joe's advice well and assumed that he wanted her to call him Daddy, she asked him if he wanted to "fuck" her, and she shared, "Everybody wants to fuck the 15-year-old!" ]

Upon further inspection (episode 4), it was discovered by Joe that, in addition to Delila, Henderson had drugged, rapped and photographed a number of nymphets.

Some critics criticized this subplot. For example, Jessica Goldstein wrote for Vulture:
[In terms of] Henderson’s alleged predation of underage girls and Joe’s status as Ellie’s savior from said scumbag. I’m just not really into Me Too stories as the plot device of the minute, as if this actually seismic and deeply meaningful and still-unfurling social movement is just a trend whose 15 minutes will be up any minute now. Is You, an intentionally over-the-top show, really the best vehicle for a plot about something this fraught and nuanced?

[UPDATE 12/27/22] 

Interestingly, season 3 of You didn't have any age-gap scenarios, which is strange considering that Kepnes' You Love Me: A You Novel, which season 3 is based on, had, not one, but two age-gap affairs!

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