Making a Murderer's Dean Strang's heartthrob status makes him squirm (POLL)

Jan 15, 2016 at 2:04 p.m. ET
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Unless you've been living under a rock for the past month, you are probably aware of the Netflix documentary Making a Murderer, which made lawyers Dean Strang and Gary Buting a household name.

When Strang and Buting became the defense team for once wrongfully convicted Steven Avery's murder trial in 2005 and agreed to participate in the documentary that later became Making a Murderer, they were successful attorneys, but in no way international celebrities.

Fast-forward to 2016, and Strang and Buting are now bona fide, Zack Morris-level heartthrobs.


Though Strang and Buting are obviously happy about the light being shed on the miscarriage of justice that occurred during Avery's trial, it's safe to say they are less than stoked about their newfound beefcake status.

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Strang's discomfort with the attention was painfully obvious during an interview he and Buting gave to CBS This Morning on Friday.

"Good morning, heartthrobs... Dean, you seem to squirm when you hear that word," the host of the CBS show said.

"Every time," Strang quickly replied in a dead serious tone.

But heartthrob he is, though he is somewhat unaware of all of the conversations being had about him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


"I'm not on any social media. I’m just not on 'em," he said in an interview with Slate magazine last week. "I hear lots of stuff because people will tease me by sending me a link, but that's just a whole world of mediated social experience, as the term social media implies. That's not what I do. When I'm feeling social, I do it immediately, directly. I sit down with somebody directly and I talk to them, across a table, I get myself a couple of dark hot chocolates and I listen to somebody, I talk to them, or I get a beer or something. So I’m not going to change. But I’m told there’s a lot going on in social media that’s frivolous or weird or interesting — probably all of that."

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A man who shuns social media, loves him some dark hot chocolates and cares about the American justice system? That's hot.

And there's no shortage of attention for Buting, either. In fact, he's even got some celebrities pledging their devotion to him.


Buting has also inspired several parody accounts, including the hilarious @SexyJerryButing, whose bio line reads: "Just had the fibres of my own shirt analysed — results have come back 'Boyfriend Material.'"

Are you #Rooting4Buting or on team #Stranger?