While Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story on Netflix has become one of the most popular series on streaming services, the public has given its harsh criticism on it too.
The real life tale of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who slaughtered men and boys, primarily those of black and brown origin, is told in the new crime series. Given this and its delicate plotline, it drew a variety of reactions from critics. Vulture and The Hollywood Reporter had more good reviews while Vanity and Variety had more critical ones.
The families of the victims also reacted differently to it, with many of them reporting that it retraumatized them. Rita Isbell, the sister of Errol Lindsey, one of Dahmer’s victims, was one of the most notable.
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She reportedly prepared a statement for Insider in which she described how she just watched a tiny portion of the event but felt “bothered.” She did not enjoy how this remark was replicated and added to the show without her permission to build drama.
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“I was never contacted about the performance,” she wrote. “I think Netflix ought to have gotten our consent or inquired how we felt about the production. I wasn’t questioned in any way. They simply did it. But I’m not in it for the money. And that’s what this show is about, Netflix wanting to get paid,” Isbell continued.
Despite mixed reviews, the show has nevertheless been in the top 10 on Netflix in 92 nations, generating a large number of views globally.