by Netflix Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story skyrocketed as the second most-watched show on the platform. Viewers continue to binge on the Dahmer series, the disturbing story of a serial killer, starring Evan Peters as Jeffrey Dahmer. The cast also includes Niecy Nash, Richard Jenkins, Molly Ringwald and Michael Learned.
The Dahmer series, directed by Ryan Murphy, reached the Top 10 for the third week with approximately 701 million hours of viewing, just behind stranger things Season 4’s 1.35 billion hours (via Variety).
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The Dahmer series reaches second place for the most-watched show on Netflix
Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story follows the chilling tale of a true murderer Jeffrey Dahmer, who killed 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991. The show is told from the perspective of the victims, and is said to investigate the “systematic racism and institutional failuresfrom the Wisconsin police.
Netflix’s description wrote how authorities simply let a notorious serial killer walk free while going on a killing spree for over a decade. Dahmer’s victims were black and brown men.
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Fans are outraged by the high viewership of the Dahmer series
While the series has garnered a large number of viewers, many critics have given it low ratings, with a score of 52% on Rotten Tomatoes, at the time of this writing. Fans aren’t entirely happy with the attention given to the show. For them, it is one of the ways to exploit the families of the victims, to torment them again while the creators earn their fees. Many expressed their anger on Twitter:
everyone who contributed to this go heII https://t.co/23KgbT1uEO
— kira 👾 (@kirawontmiss) October 11, 2022
Considering what endless exploitation like this means to the families of its victims, I don’t see how anyone can watch this Dahmer series in good conscience. You are only encouraging the studios to continue tormenting people who have lost loved ones in the most horrific way.
— Supremacist HBCU: The Negro Subversive (@negrosubversive) September 26, 2022
Tfw you white people obsessed with the Jeffrey Dahmer series?? It is now one of the most watched series of ALL TIME on Netflix. How are you just going to say “Oh yeah today I’m going to watch a show that romances a white man who sexually assaulted and mutilated people 😀”
— garquo // grant (@GuttermanGrant) October 7, 2022
If you watch Jeffrey Dahmer’s show in one sitting, you must be on the FBI’s most wanted list.
— Ahmed/The Ears🇸🇴 (@big_business_) September 23, 2022
“That Jeffrey Dahmer shit is hard to watch.”
No fucking shit, this freak did the most heinous shit to blacks and browns, and those kum kricket kops let him off the hook because they didn’t care.
It’s hard to watch because it should never have happened, disconnect!
— Keshav Kant (@MxKantEven) September 27, 2022
The series began to generate controversial reactions after one of the families of the victims revealed that the production team never asked their permission to adapt the case into a television series. In a note from InitiatedRita Isbell said Netflix should have asked what they think of this decision.
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Obviously, the studio benefited so much from it, and Isbell said, “If the show somehow benefited them, it wouldn’t be so tough and reckless. It’s sad that they just make money from this tragedy. It’s just greed.”
Netflix initially didn’t announce the Dahmer series, but it surprisingly exploded, and within a week viewers were flocking to the platform to witness the story of a real-life serial killer. Disturbing, mentally draining and disgusting – these are some of the reactions from fans who saw it.
Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is available to stream via Netflix.
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