Should We Be Worried That Penn Badgley Has Noticed You, Cardi B?
The continuation of "You" that we didn't know we needed to see.
With the third season of my personal problematic fave You streaming on Netflix, fans have been able to catch up with Joe (Penn Badgley) as he attempts to navigate suburban fatherhood while keeping his wife, Love (Victoria Pedretti) happy. This time, however, Joe vows to keep his urges in check and-… yeah, you know I’m full of shit right now, especially when he’s got his sights set on another woman he can mentally monologue about.
This one, however, is a much more visible target.
Penn Badgley aka Joe Goldberg of #YOUSEASON3 is a Cardi B stan never forget 😌 pic.twitter.com/0BCIicPEdz
— bri 💎 (@DearBelcalis) October 17, 2021
In the video, Badgley talks about how “pathetic” it is when he attempts to use social media. To him, he lacks the authenticity that people like his costar, Shay Mitchell (season 1’s Peach) have. There is definitely an art to using social media in a way that feels genuinely engaging versus posting for clicks, and Badgley has great respect for people who can use social media so naturally.
Like Cardi B.
“Cardi B is a great example of that! She has such an authentic relationship, you know?” Badgley says. “To me, it’s this incredibly nuanced place to be. Despite what many might judge as antics, I feel like she has an incredibly authentic relationship to that, and that’s why people like her so much.”
While I’m sure fandom would’ve eventually taken hold of this exchange and turned it into some “Cardi B for season 4 of You” campaign, Cardi beat us all to the punch.
OOOOMMFFFGGGGGG HE KNOWS ME !!!😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱OMMMGGGG!!!!!!Yoooo like I’m famous famous https://t.co/Z7MFQc2t2i
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) October 17, 2021
Badgley noticed her noticing him.
— Penn Badgley (@PennBadgley) October 19, 2021
And Twitter did what you’d expect Twitter to do.
He probably knows you more than you know yourself🕵️♀️ pic.twitter.com/HPqVsVJrRt
— Richard (@richardhtx) October 17, 2021
— Oopsie daisy (@taken_alread_y) October 20, 2021
Joe be like: hmm you quoted a tweet…not just any tweet but MY tweet. with all these people tweeting tonight, you quoted MINE while scrolling through the tl. what was it that intrigued you? i need to know more. i need to know what you’re thinking. i need to know YOU. pic.twitter.com/jsW34GfZ1b
— nella 🎃 (@shadysmj) October 19, 2021
— Erick De La Torre (@ErickODeLaTorre) October 20, 2021
Is it bad that when I saw the Twitter exchange between Badgley and Cardi B I immediately envisioned the “Beck walking through the bookstore in slow motion” scene from the very beginning of the first season? I can just picture Joe watching Cardi, breaking down her personality based on the fact that she wears vivid colors (you want to be seen) and maybe paid for her purchase with a credit card (you want me to know your name).
“I see you have a lot of followers on social media. Your header image, ah, your latest single. Nice. Smart. You’re a business-savvy woman, working to break records. Admirable. Now, your social media… yes, you update often, engage with fans, even. But is that the real… you? What is it you aren’t posting? That’s the you I’d like to get to know.”
Of course, we all know that Joe getting close to any woman is the red flag of all red flag memes.
You Season 4 😵💫😭 pic.twitter.com/Dd8GuDEnvd
— 💎BardiBoi💎 (@boi_bardi) October 17, 2021
Unfortunately, it may already be too late, as the two are using each other’s pictures as Twitter avatars. It’s the 2021 version of couple’s sweaters, I think? Or, at the very least, the 2021 version of knowing exactly who your social media audience is and brilliantly playing into it.
That image Cardi’s using? The one with Joe clearly watching someone? Yeah, she knows what she’s getting herself into, especially if she’s finished season 3 (in which case, girl RUN).
Or maybe she and Joe will just be friends. That’s a possibility, right?
— Laysha Duran (@ayumitakashi) October 21, 2021
Real talk, though, I do at least hope there’s a Cardi B mention in the next season.
penn badgley and cardi b changing their profile pics to each other is literally killing me??? pic.twitter.com/EcVCJ4poTV
— Jay Davis ✨ Illustrator BB (@wooloverwater) October 20, 2021
Penn Badgley and Cardi B staning each other is the energy I needed today
— It was Samantha All Along. 🪄 (@shebrooklynbad) October 20, 2021
The Penn Badgley – Cardi B besties duo is definitely not on my 2021 bingo card, but I’m happy to be here for it. pic.twitter.com/hvLjECRn3c
— Désirée (@irees) October 20, 2021
(Image: Netflix/Cardi B)
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