People Aren't Giving The New Ted Bundy Movie Trailer Enough Credit

People Aren't Giving The New Ted Bundy Movie Trailer Enough Credit

The biggest thing wrong with it is only the hate it's getting.

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It seems that Americans have quite a strange fascination with serial killers. There are countless documentaries on Netflix and Hulu, two-hour specials on television, and blog after blog post discussing the horrible things these people did in their lives. Ted Bundy, notorious for his spree of killings in the 1970s, is among those serial killers that people have remained interested in learning about.

With both the release of Netflix's docu-series "Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes" and the new movie "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile" starring Zac Efron, the discussion of Bundy has received a surge of life.

Out of the two, Efron's movie has been under constant scrutiny on social media. So many people have complained that the movie is glorifying Ted Bundy and the crimes he committed by picking an attractive man to play Bundy and by showing him as quite the ladies man throughout the trailer.

If you have a problem with the way he's portrayed in the trailer, you probably don't know anything about Ted Bundy or his killings.

That's the whole point of the movie. The sad reality of the story is that Ted Bundy was exactly how he is being portrayed in this new movie. He was handsome, charming, and outspoken. A quick watch of the docu-series will easily illustrate how charismatic this man was.

Being handsome and charming was his whole MO.

He was able to lure in, kidnap, and kill more than 30 women because he came off to everyone as such a normal guy. People couldn't believe he was the man responsible for the killings when he was convicted. Some women even thought they must have the wrong guy.

These killings, done by such a "normal looking" guy BAFFLED the police, who up to this point had characterized the profile of a serial killer as a creepy looking man who probably spent all his time cooped up in a dark basement.

Ted Bundy completely changed the way people viewed killers.

So, it makes perfect sense that the man who was initially considered to be extremely handsome, charming, and kind would be portrayed by a handsome actor like Zac Efron. It makes perfect sense that this movie would seem a little different in tone from other movies about serial killers and kidnappers—because Ted Bundy was different.

It may be uncomfortable to consider, but this movie isn't glorifying Ted Bundy at all; it's simply reminding us of how terrifying he actually was.

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The Burning Of Notre Dame Has Actually Strengthened My Catholic Faith

Corinthians 5:17 says, "Old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."

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Every year, Palm Sunday is the start of Holy Week in the Christian faith. As the most sacred time of the year, those who believe Jesus died on the cross for our sins hold these days dear in our hearts. 2019's Palm Sunday, however, is now held in infamy. The very next day, the precious Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris started to burn.

As the world now knows, the famed and historic Notre-Dame de Paris was spontaneously engulfed in flames on April 15, 2019. The cause has not yet been identified precisely but is most likely due to complications during the $6.8 million renovations the cathedral is currently under. Completed back in 1345, the nearly 800-year-old church has withstood the test of time relatively well.

Until now.

The modern world watched as one of the biggest treasures of the past burned away before our eyes, Twitter even erupted in an unprecedented coverage of this world-wide tragedy as many took to social media to pour their condolences and share memories of this French icon. Religion, race and personal beliefs aside, the world collectively grieved and lent support.

While this is truly a loss on a global scale, the blow comes as a particularly harsh one to the Catholic community after a particularly difficult season of Lent. From the Pope addressing allegations of sexual assault, to backlash over the controversial theatrical release of the film "Unplanned", this latest development seemed like a cruel joke in the days leading up to Easter Sunday. I myself felt affected by this fire hundred of thousand miles away in North Carolina. One of our most beloved holy churches was ebbing away in front of us and all God could do was watch.

However, despite all that, we must look forward.

Despite much of the church being reduced to ash, some of the priceless artifacts and objects that were hidden away in the cathedral have been able to survive the ordeal; such as the crown of thorns, numerous pieces of art, the rose windows, the altar cross shown above and the iconic bells of Notre Dame. Once news of this broke out, I was strengthed to my core knowing God was indeed there.

It seems like such an oxymoron to see such a tragedy as a sign of hope, yet the Bible itself is full of those. The 7 plagues that tormented Eygpt, the Great Flood, and even the death of Christ as examples.

As children of Christ, we are told at a very young age to never question his plan. He is all knowing and has a way of making everything fall into place. God sensed that Catholics were in the midst of a troubling time and brought us this opportunity of a new beginning. The burning taking place during Holy Week can also be taken as perfect timing.

The whole premise of this week revolves around the death of Jesus at the hands of Pontius Pilate, yet miraculously returned three days later before joining Our Father in Heaven, the cathedral can very well do the same and return better than before.

It is a devastating loss but already we are seeing evidence of joyous aftermath. As I noted before, people from all walks of life are offering support and condolences to a faith they were scorning just a week prior. Priceless artifacts have miraculously been recovered and plans for rebuilding have already started. This is a sign of a new beginning, that God is backing us through it all.

Do not question His plan, just have faith. The rest will fall into place.

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The Last Month Before Graduation Told By 'Friends'

"Friends" can be painfully but wonderfully accurate.

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We are in the last month of class before graduation and I have decided to start watching "Friends" again. It's just that time of year where the moments are good, the weather is perfect, and I am so stressed that I just need to see other people miserable to mask my own life. "Friends" is so incredibly but perfectly relatable.

1. There is no time for the gym! The only time I might could go would be if I substituted sleep for workouts. So either way, I lose. 

2. The look you have when see you only have four weeks left to salvage what is left of your grades. 

3. My friends and I when we see the pool opens.

4. When I see a cute boy I know I won't ever see again after four weeks.

5. When you mentally try to lose weight but this is how you show up on the first day the pool opens.

6. Me dreaming of my future career.

7. When the anxiety of graduation takes over your mind and body..it just sort of happens..

8. The question we all ask our professors when he gives us that barely passing grade knowing GOOD AND WELL we have been making passive aggressive comments about barely making it to graduation! 

9. When you get that approved graduation application email with all of the commencement info! 

10. Me and my friends waiting to be given our MRS degree.

11. Submitting those finals knowing you did your best but still wasn't good enough. 

12. Ole Miss Seniors graduation weekend in the Phi Mu fountain 

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