How America Is Glorifying Violence
Start writing a post

How America Is Glorifying Violence

Is Hollywood normalizing brutality and cruelty?

How America Is Glorifying Violence
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile Trailer

Our culture has been fascinated with serial killers. Just look at ION television, an entertainment network that airs crime tv shows, such as Criminal Minds, Law & Order: SVU, and CSI, or the dozens of popular serial killer movies, such as The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Zodiac (2007), and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009).

There is nothing wrong with people being fascinated by death, horror, and violence. That said, although this obsession is not necessarily unhealthy, the way these killers' stories have lately been portrayed on the screen is.

Two recent examples include the film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile and the 10-episode series You.

1. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile


A film about the life of Ted Bundy, a serial killer who lived a double life as he raped at least 30 women while continuing to live a "normal" life.


Bundy seems like a regular, good guy who just happened to make some bad decisions in life. He is a loving husband and father. He comes across as a bit bashful, kind of shy, well-spoken, calm, pleasant, smart, and cheeky to everyone. Much of his disturbing activities in to kill and rape women -- approaching girls in a tactical, calculated way and ending their lives in a ruthless manner -- are not shown in the film.

Consequently, many viewers are not left disturbed or sorry for the victims and their families but are rather left feeling bad for Bundey. After all, was he not just a misunderstood man on death row?

2. You


A 10-episode about Joe Goldberg, a psychopathic, emotionally abusive, murderous stalker, who will stop at nothing to make Guinevere Beck, an aspiring writer, totally dependent on him (not to mention madly in love with him).


Joe seems like the perfect guy. He has good taste in books. literature. He tends to shy away from social media. He loathes Beck's friends because of how fake they are. Much of the sinister activities Joe participates in to "win" Beck -- stealing her phone, saving her from a moving train, spying on her through her window -- are actions normally seen as romantic in romantic comedies.

Consequently, many viewers are not left horrified by the actuality of stalking, gaslighting and emotional abuse, but rather are left romanticizing and idolizing Joe. After all, was he not just a sweet guy trying to do whatever he could to get the girl of his dreams?

Bottom line?

This trend teaches boys that any type of violence can be justified or overlooked by mental health or cheekiness. Additionally, it teaches girls that they must suffer the consequences of this violence. That said, it puts even more pressure on girls to tolerate abuse if the offender is attractive and/or sweet. Moreover, this glorification of violence ultimately encourages people to stalk, emotional blackmail and gaslight as it considered romantic. In addition, it encourages people to blame the victims for their abusers' toxic behavior.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

TikTok Made Me Buy It: Flawless's Skincare Fridge

I bought and tested one of TikTok's popular products so you don't have to.


I spend a lot of time on TikTok and I never know whether the products I see are worth it or not, especially when I'm looking at the price. For Christmas, my aunt got me a gift card to Ulta. I didn't know what to buy. I have way too many palettes and lipsticks. I have my essentials. What else could I need? Then it hit me that I saw a lot of people these past few months showing off their skincare fridges. So, the second I thought of it I went on the Ulta app and bought it. So, here are my thoughts.

Keep Reading... Show less

37 Cute And Unique Pinterest Board Titles

Let's be real, the hardest part about Pinterest is thinking of a cute title for your board.


I don't know about anyone else but I have recently become re-obsessed with Pinterest. Like, I am spending a stupid amount of time on Pinterest daily now. While I have been binging Pinterest I have found that I love making cute and aesthetic boards but it is SO hard to come up with a name to match it. So, I scoured the internet and my brain for you. Happy pinning!

Keep Reading... Show less

This Is What Type Of Person You Are Based On Your Favorite Cereal

Your cereal preference reveals more than you think.

Photo by Nyana Stoica on Unsplash

Whether you eat cereal for breakfast or a late-night snack, you probably have a favorite. Little did you know that what you prefer says a lot about your personality.

Keep Reading... Show less
Alexis Hoffman

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we all know that cutting out social interaction has taken its toll.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

I Asked Instagram How 2020 Was, And Maybe It Wasn't The Worst Year Ever

2020 is a year to remember but it's not as bad as we made it out to be.


It's finally 2021 and we're honestly all just happy that 2020 is over. I decided to ask my Instagram followers how they felt about 2020 and the results were a little more mixed up than expected.

Keep Reading... Show less

Ever since I watched "How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days," I've been a major Matthew McConaughey fan. I've seen most of his movies, and I definitely got way too excited when he finally made an Instagram! So when he announced he would be releasing a memoir titled "Greenlights," I knew I absolutely had to get my hands on this book. And so did the rest of the world, as the book began to flood social media.

Truthfully, I would much rather read a fiction book and dive into another world than read a nonfiction book - even if it is one of my favorite celebrities. But I had a feeling this book wouldn't disappoint or bore.

Keep Reading... Show less

The Armie Hammer Scandal Discourse Is Kink Shaming And Harming Actual Victims

The rumors surrounding Armie Hammer has resulted in some very toxic and harmful discourse.


Sex is something that occupies a very significant place in our lives. Even asexual people can have an active sex life. With the various types of people that comprise this world, it obviously results in various sexual interests. And unconventional people can engage in some pretty unconventional sex practices. Even the most conventional people on the surface might surprise us with their sexual fantasies.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments