A Ted Bundy survivor spoke out this week to remind people not to romanticize the notorious murderer.
The warning comes after Netflix had to ask people to stop calling the prolific serial killer “hot.” The company said it’s problematic to express sexual attraction towards a guy who confessed to brutally killing at least 30 women across seven states in the 1970s.
The renewed fascination in the pop culture icon stems from the Netflix docuseries “Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes“ and the new biopic “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil & Vile” starring Zac Efron.
I've seen a lot of talk about Ted Bundy’s alleged hotness and would like to gently remind everyone that there are literally THOUSANDS of hot men on the service — almost all of whom are not convicted serial murderers
— Netflix US (@netflix) January 28, 2019
On one hand, Bundy certainly was handsome, however, his surviving victims want to remind everyone that he specifically used his looks and charisma to manipulate women into doing what he wanted.
The mother of one of his victims, Debra Jean Kent, told People she’s horrified by the portrayal of Bundy as a sex symbol.
But he’s hot though
— Vaas Montenegro (@vaas_is_nutz) January 28, 2019
Belva Kent said of the recent Bundy projects:
“It’s very disgusting to me. … It’s kind of aggravating to me, but I just try to ignore it and move on.”
Kent said what her daughter suffered could happen to anyone.
One of the things that make the infamous killer so scary is that anyone’s life could have been destroyed by Bundy because he looked like a normal individual.
“You just never know when you can be in that position.You just want to let people know that it’s out there. … No one’s immune.”
Kathy Kleiner Rubin was nearly killed at night by Bundy when she was in college on January 15, 1978. She told TMZ he was a good looking person and people say “wonderful things about him … [because] That’s what they saw, that’s what Bundy wanted you to see.”
Remembering Ted Bundy's victims. https://t.co/51BGcEyPxH
— You Can't Make This Up (@cantmakethisup) January 29, 2019
Bundy was “hot” and he used this charm to do his bidding.
However, his victims and their families tell stories of brutality and say it’s not ok to glamorize a murderer.
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