A very Strang kind of love, indeed.
Viewers of addictive Netflix series Making A Murderer, which focuses on the plight of convicted murderer Steven Avery, the flaws of his trial, and the possibility of his innocence, have become fixated on much more than the U.S. justice system.
A core group of watchers are now infatuated with Avery’s former legal team, comprising defence attorneys Dean Strang and Jerome Buting.
Citing their good looks, “normcore” (read: average, ordinary) clothing, and fierce advocacy for the right of all peoples to a just and fair trial, social media has been abuzz in a lawyerly love-in.
It’s even sparked a hashtag and Tumblr dedicated to Strang, with the movement labelled “strangcore.”
Strang has been receiving the bulk of the Twitter-love, though Buting’s getting his fair share too.
From what this reporter can gather, strangcore is all about the man's daggy clothes, his Atticus Finch-esque defence of the disenfranchised, his kind heart and his “adorable” looks.
Twitter users have been inquiring into whether or not Strang and Buting are eligible bachelors -- and to the disappointment of many, have learnt they’re both happily married.
Strang reportedly married his long-term girlfriend some time before 2013, and Buting’s wife apparently works with him at his law firm.
Vogue’s Senior Culture writer Julia Felthensal seems to have captured the thoughts of many in penning an ode to Strang’s “undeniable appeal” following her watching the series.
“What were these feelings making every gray late December day feel sunny and spring-like? Was it global warming, or was it love? Might destiny be staring me in the face? Could I really make a life in Wisconsin? Had I truly fallen head over heels for the most unlikely of paramours: Steven Avery’s diminutive defense attorney, Dean Strang?”
And as for the men themselves? They’re aware of the cult-like following they’ve garnered on social media, though Strang doesn’t have much of a profile online. Ever-humble, he told interviewers his wife couldn’t stop laughing about his new-found admirers.
"My wife finds this very, very hard to believe," he said during a Wisconsin television interview.