How “You” Addressed Anti-Vaxxers In Season 3


The series adds to the conversation around vaccinations.

Last week, Netflix gave us more You madness with the big drop of Season 3. The latest season brings new obsessions, new murders, and a new Love.


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I’m gonna dare to go beyond that, risk being punny, and call it: ~killer~. Especially because the new season brings all sorts of craziness, blood, and twice the amount of gore of the past seasons. This of course is all thanks to wedded sociopaths Joe and Love, who solidified their relationship as one of “until death do we part” status last season.

WARNING: Spoilers for Season 3 of “You” ahead!

While Season 3 dropped a lot on our chests murder-wise (Love, get it together!), what I want to talk about is how the series took a loaded stab at the conversation around vaccinations.


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Particularly when it came to anti-vaxxers.

The vaccine-relevant commentary occurs in spades in Episode 3, when Joe and Love’s baby boy, Henry, is hospitalized after contracting the measles.


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This is much to their shock and dismay because they had been under the impression (as I think most of us are) that the measles had been completely eradicated thanks to vaccines.

A doctor in the episode tells them that Henry likely became exposed to the highly contagious infectious disease after exposure to a kid who was unvaccinated.


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The doctor then goes onto explain that even in the age of COVID, some parents still refuse to get their kids vaccinated because of misinformation and lack of proper research. 

After this revelation, the people and parents who believe it’s fine to walk this world without vaccinations suddenly become fair game to target on the show.

The first target is Love’s mom, Dottie Quinn, who suggests she’s *pretty sure* she’s been vaccinated. To this, Joe internally tosses out the dig, “Oh really, Ms. Peace, Love, and Yoni Eggs?”

Next, Love discovers that her son actually contracted measles from an anti-vax neighbor named Gil — who fully knew his unvaccinated kids would be around an infant.

(And the look that appears on Love during his explanation of why he hasn’t had his kids vaccinated is the closest most of us will be able to relate to how her character must feel on a regular basis.)

He explained, “You see, we just don’t believe in subjecting kids to toxic injections they don’t need.”

And because this is You, Gil’s anti-vax sentiments get to Love in a way that is truly over the top.

Literally she goes into a blind rage and knocks Gil out.


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And yes, while getting vaccinated is important because not doing so can definitely kill you, Love goes way too far when she gets violent with Gil and tries to actually kill him on purpose.

Surprisingly, in Episode 4, it’s Joe — yes, Joe the stalker and murderer — who handles his frustrations over Gil’s anti-vax sentiments with a bit more poise.


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Joe says to Gil, “We will not tell a soul how you recklessly endangered our son.”

But then Gil ruins it again by going operation Anti-Vax-Double-Down and spews more toxic misinformation about vaccines.


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Read the glass room, Gil! You literally woke up inside of the basement with a head injury. Joe (whose baby now has measles) is not your audience for this ~sick~ take. 

And this is what we get from Joe:

All of this is to say that if you’re still questioning whether or not you should get vaccinated…

…BB, get on board!! You clearly isn’t into anti-vax vibes, and, yes, vaccines save lives!

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