Victims' families aren't the only ones upset about Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.
Kim Alsup, who worked as a production coordinator on the set of the Netflix original, says she was "treated horribly" on set. In tweets that have since been made private, she wrote "I worked on this project and I was 1 of 2 Black people on the crew and they kept calling me her name... We both had braids. She was dark skin and 5'10. I'm 5'5. Working on this took everything I had as I was treated horribly. I look at the Black female lead differently now too."
Alsup elaborated on her experience in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, explaining that she had avoided watching the series because of her terrible time on set. "I just feel like it’s going to bring back too many memories of working on it. I don’t want to have these PTSD types of situations," she said. "The trailer itself gave me PTSD, which is why I ended up writing that tweet and I didn’t think that anybody was going to read."
While Alsup says the work environment improved during Episode 6 - the installment was written by a Black woman (Janet Mock) and directed by a Black man (Paris Barclay) - she called Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story "one of the worst shows" that she's ever worked on as a Black woman. "I was always being called someone else’s name, the only other Black girl who looked nothing like me, and I learned the names for 300 background extras."
Since premiering on Netflix September 21, Ryan Murphy's Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story has also received backlash from the serial killer's victims' family members, the LGBTQ community, and even Whoopi Goldberg.
Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is streaming on Netflix.
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TOPICS: Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, Netflix, Ryan Murphy