Ted Bundy survivor speaks out about Zac Efron's portrayal controversy

scandal 01/02/2019

If you're not caught up on all the Ted Bundy drama - the internet is freaking out at the choice of Zac Efron to play one of the most notorious serial killers of all time in a new movie. Basically using such a likeable, attractive actor has people thinking Ted Bundy is being glorified - which he shouldn't be, obviously.

Well an actual survivor of Ted Bundy has now spoken out about the controversy. Kathy Kleiner Rubin was a 20-year-old sorority sister at Florida State University when Ted Bundy snuck into her bedroom at 3am and beat her and her roomate with a club. She's now spoken to TMZ about her relationship to the murders which are portrayed in Zac Efron's new film.

'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile' premiered at the Sundance Festival this week, and critics have a problem with Bundy's charm and good looks being overly focused on. But survivor Kathy said she doesn't have “a problem with people looking at it, and as long as they understand that what they’re watching wasn’t a normal person.”

“I believe that in order to show him exactly the way he was, it’s not really glorifying him, but it’s showing him, and when they do say positive and wonderful things about him … that’s what they saw, that’s what Bundy wanted you to see.”

Not everyone who's been affected by Bundy's awful acts sees it the same way though.

The mother of another victim, Belva Kent, who's 17-year-old daughter was murdered in 1974 spoke about the Netflix doco we've all been glued to about Bundy: 'Conversations with a Killer'.

Why keep rubbing our face in it all the time? It’s very hard to deal with and when they keep bringing it up and putting it up. It’s very disgusting to me. … It’s kind of aggravating to me, but I just try to ignore it and move on.”

She also thinks that portrayals of Bundy should stress that what his victims suffered “can happen to anybody. You just never know when you can be in that position. You just want to let people know that it’s out there. … No one’s immune.”

If you want to see what all the fuss is about for yourself: you can watch the doco 'Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes' on Netflix now. The movie 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile' is due out later this year, but you can view the trailer above. 

You can read some of the publics outraged reactions to Zac Efron's portrayal here.