Netflix’s Dahmer series called insensitive


Between 1978 and 1991 Jeffrey Dahmer murdered 17 men and boys. Also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal, he was later convicted and received 16 life sentences. He currently is the subject of a new Netflix series “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.” Freshman Marcella Armour has seen the show.

“I’ve grown up on true crime and go to museums as much as I can, and nothing really bothers me,” she said. “But there’s scenes in Dahmer that I always skip every time I watch it.” 

The show takes real life victims and portrays their story throughout each episode. However, the victims’ families have claimed that nobody notified them about the show. Freshman Annie Nguyen says the creation of the show itself is really insensitive because Netflix did not get permission and the profit gained from the show is going to their pockets.

Additionally, the career research teacher, Heather da Silva said the victims don’t deserve this type of trauma redraw.

“The people who’ve worked through that grieving process and done all the work they need to do to move through it, and then they have all their pain and trauma brought back just for entertainment value,” she said.

Furthermore, Armour said social media has portrayed the show in an awful way.

“I’m down to make a harmless joke but if you’re making fun of someone who is murdered, your blankly disrespecting a dead man which there is no humor to that,” Armour said.

Not only has social media been joking about the contents of the show, but there are numerous trends. Da Silva is not satisfied with what she sees on the internet.

“You’ve glamorized somebody who did horrible, terrible things to young boys and young men and made him look cool,” she said. “Now people are turning it into a fashion statement, like the Dahmer glasses. That hurts my soul in a way I can’t even begin to explain.”

Rising suspicions on actor choice for Jeffrey Dahmer have begun. Armour says  there was definitely thought behind casting Evan Peters.

“They 100 percent cast him on purpose. Look at Zac Efron and Ted Bundy. There’s so many people that could be cast as Jeffrey Dahmer but they casted Evan Peters who is arguably attractive in Hollywood,” she said.

Nguyen agrees.

“I feel like they chose a conventionally attractive actor kind of on purpose. He doesn’t really look like Jeffrey Dahmer in my opinion,” she said.

The show proceeds to demonstrate scenes of Jeffrey Dahmer’s victims and killings. One particular victim bothers da Silva.

“He was a teenager who ran and said please help me, this guy is going to do bad things. And then he did bad things because the cops took him back,” she said.

By Claire Chen