Ted Bundy is hot-that’s a problem

Zac Efron as Ted Bundy sends the wrong message


Jahlea Douglas

GENESIS staff writer Junior Jenaro Delprete is a first year reporter at Elkhart Memorial High School. He specializes in music and reviews.

Jenaro DelPrete, Staff Writer

I can’t believe I feel the need to write this, but with everything I have seen on Twitter, it is necessary.

Ladies and gentlemen, please stop sexualizing murderers.

It should go without saying, but I guess in the age of Twitter, there are somethings that need more explanation. With the new film, recently shown at the Sundance Film Festival, “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile,” starring everyone’s favorite high school basketball player turned star singer, Zac Efron—local Twitter now has a favorite heart throb in serial killer Ted Bundy.

Make no mistake, Zac Efron does a heck of a job portraying the active role of Ted Bundy, as far as replicating his looks and mannerisms. He is a charismatic and appealing man, I am sure most people would agree.

But here is where we need to draw the line because Ted Bundy killed at least 30 women. At least! That means there were potentially more victims of his that we cannot even confirm.

Please, for the love of Mangy, stop thirstposting on Twitter.

Using legitimate attractive natural features and charisma, that is how murderers will “get” you. 

Now I am not saying you are going to be murdered, but what I am saying is do not open yourself up to predators. By being vocal about your attraction to a murderer or any other choice of words in any form, you are just putting a large sign on your head that says, “harm me.”

Whether you want to believe it or not, even the most charismatic and attractive people, the kindest of souls, and the closest people to you: everyone has potential to kill. Do not subject yourself to looking vulnerable in a dog-eat-dog world.

There are hundreds of families, victims of Bundy or Manson or Dahmer or any other killer you can think of, all of their families wish they could have told their son or daughter to never trust a soul if they would have known this was going to happen.

Always keep your eyes and ears open. Instead of glorifying a murderer, use this as a lesson and don’t base your trust on looks alone. 

The views in this column do not necessarily reflect the views of the GENESIS staff. Reach Jenaro DelPrete at [email protected].