Pop culture affects our views of love and relationships in helpful and hurtful ways. It can be entertaining to watch disastrous on-screen couples, but it’s time to start questioning our OTPs (One True Pairings). Here are 25 toxic film and TV couples that we’ve been accidentally romanticizing for years.
Beck and Joe, You
Penn Badgley, the actor behind Joe, actually had this to say about his character in a 2018 interview that I did with him: “Culturally, we’ve developed an entire fantasy life that is defined and informed and indoctrinated by movies. Joe believes he is in love with Beck and romancing her, but he’s not. He’s obsessive, lustful and possessive. None of this is love.”
Bella and Edward, Twilight
Alex and Piper, Orange Is the New Black
But — spoiler alert — they are an Orange is the New Black super couple that will find each other always because they are clearly addicted to their toxic love.