Netflix viewers have been warned to look after their mental health after some people were unable to make it through the first episode of the new dramatisation on Jeffrey Dahmer.
You can watch the trailer for Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story below:
The prolific serial killer was convicted of the brutal killing of seventeen men and boys between 1978 and 1991.
But perhaps most people know him as a cannibal, as the American murderer and sex offender admitted to eating the flesh of his victims.
Dahmer would often drug and sexually assault those who fell into his trap, even performing sick experiments such as inserting acid into their brains to turn them into 'mindless zombies'.
Although he was sentenced to 16 terms of life imprisonment in both Wisconsin and Ohio, Dahmer was beaten to death by a fellow inmate in 1994.
Such horrific details of the case are being explored in Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, which dropped on Netflix yesterday (21 September) and sees Evan Peters star as the famed murderer.
While there has been positive feedback about the performances of the show so far, some people have warned viewers to be wary of their own mental health.
One person said they couldn't even make it through the first episode as it made them mad, with others noting the fact that most of Dahmer's victims were LGBTQ+ POC.
I couldn’t get through episode 1 of Dahmer. I ain’t like that the first episode’s victim was black, it pissed me off.— Makeba (@theblckestberry) September 22, 2022
Although the Milwaukee Monster, as he was also known, has been explored in many documentaries, films, books, and news articles in the past, this crucial detail has often been ignored.
The new series hopes to highlight the 'systemic prejudice and police prejudices' that allowed Dahmer to carry out his crimes for so many years.
Rashad Robinson, consulting producer of the show and president of Color Of Change, said that while Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is about the serial killer, it's also a story about the victims and the impact that Dahmer and local leaders' compliance had on their communities.
In an interview shared by Ryan Murphy productions, he said: "At its core, this is a story of deep and systemic injustice, of people who were harmed and all the ways in which society failed them."
Dahmer Producer and President of Color of Change @rashadrobinson speaks to the systemic injustice that allowed Jeffrey Dahmer to prey on underserved communities and the rise of activism as a result. DAHMER - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story arrives on Netflix at midnight. pic.twitter.com/6G3cElEKQd— Ryan Murphy Productions (@ryanmurphyprod) September 20, 2022
After the show dropped on Netflix, a Twitter discussion about the heartbreaking story of one of Dahmer's victims Tony Hughes saw one person say: "Just make sure to take care of your mental [health].
"The truth about Dahmer and how he was able to get away with this is a lot. It’s way too real."
Another said: "Tried watching the Jeff Dahmer series but it was too disturbing."
A third added: "I can’t handle this new Jeffrey Dahmer ting man what the f**k is going on, nobody ain’t even died yet but they’re showing some mad things."
The Jeffrey Dahmer series on Netflix is already too disturbing for me tbh.— Jas. (@Love_JDD) September 22, 2022
Ultimately, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story was always going to be a tough watch - but it's important in its handling of essential aspects of the case that were sadly ignored in the past.
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