The Netflix Show 'YOU' Has Me Wondering If Dan Humphrey Foreshadowed Joe's Character All Along

The Netflix Show 'YOU' Has Me Wondering If Dan Humphrey Foreshadowed Joe's Character All Along

AND also, am I making it too easy for people to stalk me?

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We all know "Gossip Girl's" Dan Humphrey. Sweet little Dan. Always the nice one. He saves the day and protects Serena when she's doing all her crazy Upper East Side shenanigans. Whether she's drunk or high or just in any type of trouble, he's there to help her and to make her feel loved. Meanwhile, taking notes and blasting her personal life and deepest darkest secrets all over the web, humiliating her and exposing her, blindly. He was basically a closet stalker (at the time).

He had people sending tips on her whereabouts and what she was doing and who she was doing it with AT ALL TIMES. Now, of course, he was doing this to all of the other Upper East Side popular Constance students, too, but who did he end up with? Serena. And somehow, he came out the good guy?

Now, for those who haven't seen the new Netflix show, "YOU" and plan to, I recommend you don't read any further. For those who have, let's dig deeper.

Now I'm not about to give you some weird conspiracy theory but it does seem bizarre that Joe, or in this case Dan's character from Gossip Girl was foreshadowed by his underlying stalker-ish ways to a pretty blonde girl in NYC and is also majorly into writing and reading books AND is also following around a bunch of girls who clearly hold a higher societal rank, but it is a weird coincidence. And while we're talking about weird coincidences, isn't it weird that Peach, or Emily from "Pretty Little Liars" are both closet lesbians? Shay Mitchell plays a good young girl who questions her sexuality.

The similarity in the shows is that clearly, Dan was in the wrong in "Gossip Girl." He was exposing the people he loved and cared for and hurting them, but we were all rooting for Serena and Dan. Well, what about in the show "You"?

Joe was an actual psychopath who talked himself into weird and manipulative actions and justified them as if it were normal and all to protect the lovely blonde Beck. He stalks her every action and her every move. He kills the people she loves who seem to be in the way of their premeditated relationship. Yet, I hoped the whole time she wouldn't find out and they would stay together. Dan and Joe have such powers in this way.

It made me question every random encounter I've ever been in and how easily it would be to stalk my life. Every time I go out to eat with my friends, I tag the location of our restaurant in my snapchats or Instagram stories. Occasionally, I put my apartment complex as a tag if I'm tanning by the pool. I have my school in my bio when really, I should just write "stalk me." I felt as if I kept my life so private until this show. Joe did not go through too much trouble in the beginning to find Beck. He searched her name and there she was. I do this all the time. As soon as I meet a cute boy, I lurk his profiles to see who he is, or what's his story. Does this make me a stalker? Probably not Joe level, although he did give a lot of helpful hints. KIDDING!

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The Ultimate List Of 'One Tree Hill' Moments That Left Us Shook

There's only one Tree Hill.
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Late last semester, I was in desperate need of a new Netflix show to start watching. I casually inquired to my roommates if I should start watching "One Tree Hill." Both having watched the show before, and slightly horrified that I've never even seen a single episode, they wholeheartedly urged me to begin the emotional journey that is "One Tree Hill." The show is quite a doozy at nine seasons, but I powered through all the ridiculous, melodramatic, and, above all, ups and downs that the multitude of characters experience. I have way too many thoughts concerning this show, but here we go.

Here are some of the best things about this show:

1. Brooke & Peyton's Friendship

2.Haley & Nathan's First Kiss

3. The Cracker Jack Box Prize

4. The Boytoy Auction

5. Lucas and Nathan's Budding Friendship

6. Whitey's Tough Love And Wisdom

7. Jake Being The Best All-Around Guy

8. Lucas's Heartfelt Speech To Brooke In The Rain

9. Peyton Bonding With Her Biological Mother

10. Karen & Keith Getting Together

11. Mouth Being The Ultimate Friend

12. Haley & Nathan Renewing Their Vows

13. The Ravens Winning The Basketball Championship

14. Lucas Declaring His Love To Peyton

15. Haley & Nathan Having Jamie

16. The Heartfelt Farewell To The River Court After Graduating High School

17. The Transformation Of Brooke Davis

18. Brooke & Peyton Reuniting In Tree Hill

19. Haley & Nathan's Little Family

20. Quentin & Jamie

21. Lucas & Peyton Getting Back Together

22. Deb Knocking Nanny Carrie Out

23. The Dog Eating Dan's Heart

24. Lucas & Peyton Getting Married

25. Peyton & Lucas Having Sawyer

26. Nathan Getting Into The NBA

27. Brooke & Julian's Relationship

28. Clay & Quinn Getting Together

29. The Utah Trip

30. Brooke & Julian's Wedding

31. Lydia Scott Arriving

32. Brooke Telling Julian She's Pregnant

33. Jude & Davis Baker

34. Chase Being The Best Bar Manager

35. Chris Keller Returning

36. Keith Forgiving Dan

37. Clay & Quinn Getting Engaged

38. Clay & Quinn & Logan Becoming A Family

39. The Cast Singing Along To The Theme Song

40. This Iconic Line

"One Tree Hill" is definitely a show that gives you some serious feelings, and because of that, I think it's one of the best teen dramas ever made. Lucas, Nathan, Brooke, Peyton, Karen, Keith, Whitey, Jamie, Deb, Mouth, Skills, Clay, Quinn, Millie, Chase, Chris, and even Dan will always have a place in every OTH fan's heart. There is, after all, only one Tree Hill.



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'Shrill' Is A Giant Middle Finger To Unhealthy Body Image, Sexuality, And More

Aidy Bryant kicks off the pilot episode of her new show on Hulu with a bat of her eyelashes and middle finger to negative social standards.

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When I was scrolling through Facebook the other day looking for content to write about at work, I stumbled across a post about a new comedy show on Hulu called "Shrill." I didn't know much about it other than that it stars Aidy Bryant, who I love, and immediately put it on my radar.

As a quick premise, if you don't know who Aidy is, she stars on Saturday Night Live and is one of the most nonchalantly hilarious women in comedy. She's known for her effortless way in sliding in jokes under her breath and for being a downright awesome advocate for women. Tie that all together, and I knew the show would be iconic.

The start of the pilot episode gives you a warm feeling, almost a sense of familiarity. It has that same "this premise is going to be about women who live their lives for themselves," much to how I felt watching "Broad City" and "Girls." With the latter already ended and the former coming to its close, I was hoping a new show would come out, and "Shrill" seems to already be hitting more nails on the head.

Spoiler alerts ahead.

In the first episode, we see Aidy take on topics that are heavy, controversial and very transparent in nature.

First and foremost, she talks about her body image issues and how it plays a role in her relationships. Because of her plus-sized figure, she explained how she always used it to scrutinize every aspect of her life. How because she was always bigger, she felt the need to prove herself in other ways, like being constantly kind, giving and nice to everyone around her. Don't get me wrong, these are great attributes to have, but she realized that by constantly making sure everyone around her was happy, she lost herself in the process.

She stopped standing up for herself out of fear of creating a wake for other people. She stopped demanding more for her worth and settled for what could be good. And she stopped seeing herself as a person worthy of anything real outside of her weight. Her body constantly played a role in her choices and became shackles holding her down from making true actions throughout her life.

We see her ask for a job promotion and get humiliated in the process. It's not till the end of the episode when she realizes her worth that she begins to fight for herself, her goals and her future.

In the midst of it all is a man who she sleeps with and clearly wants more from him. She felt that because she had a man want her, she needed to do everything in her power to keep him around, which included allowing him to have sex with her without protection. In the process, she didn't realize that Plan B pills aren't applicable to anyone over 175 lbs and got pregnant as a result of it.

What a brave woman that Aidy Bryant is. Because also in this first episode, her character has an abortion as a way of claiming her truth and womanhood. She made a decision to terminate her pregnancy, and in this day and age of politics, that will absolutely come with its fair share of backlash.

But instead of the abortion being clueless, haste or uneducated, she shares the experience from an authentic perspective. She talks about claiming back her life and how she didn't have the procedure for anyone other than herself.

I can already hear pro-life advocates screaming at their TVs calling her selfish and inconsiderate of the baby, but what's impressive to me is that Aidy didn't care to go into more detail. In the show, she didn't feel the need to plead her case. She simply said it was for herself, and left it at that. With an understanding friend and supportive family, she knew it was all she needed to get through. I'm sure women everywhere felt the depth of this answer or lack thereof.

Without spoiling too much, we see her come to terms with tormentors in her life: her weight, the lack of respect from the man she sleeps with and the absurdity of the woman/trainer who pushes the narrative that in order to be a respectable human Aidy must lose weight.

It was a standard pilot episode in the archetypical timeline of it all: Woman has issues; woman has major life lesson; woman changes her perspective and the show kicks off to really begin in episode two. Although I've seen this plotline before, the actual content this one carries has me drawn in and eager to watch more. I'm curious to know what other hard-hitting topics the show will introduce in its 6 episodes, and I plan on writing a season recap/reaction to it all in the end.

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