Evan Peters won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Limited Series or Anthology for his performance as Jeffrey Dahmer in the popular Netflix show Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. Based on the real-life Jeffrey murders, the show was met with controversy upon its release. Now, the mother of Jeffrey’s victims has slammed the Golden Globes for honoring Evan for playing a serial killer who didn’t mention any of the victims as a tribute in his speech. (Read also: Monster The Jeffrey Dahmer Story joins Squid Games and Stranger Things, hits 1 billion hours watched on Netflix)
The Netflix series, created by Ryan Murphy and Ian Brenning, has racked up 1 billion hours watched when it launches on September 21st. Dahmer also generated a lot of controversy upon his release due to his apparent disrespect for the families of the victims. At the Golden Globes, when star Evan won for his portrayal of a serial killer, he expressed his gratitude to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and said that although the show was difficult to watch, he sincerely wished “some good came out of it.”
Shirley Hughes, mother of Tony Hughes, spoke to TMZ after the win and shared her outrage after the ceremony. “There are a lot of patients around the world. People who win acting roles from playing killers keep the mania going, and that makes the patients thrive on fame,” she said. Jeffrey murdered Shirley’s 31-year-old son, Tony, who was deaf, in 1991. The “Silenced” episode of the show focused on how Jeffrey met Tony and lured him to his apartment. Shirley expressed her displeasure at the Golden Globes and questioned the decision to award a performance in a show glorifying a serial killer. She also summoned Evan, who took the stage to accept the award but chose not to honor the serial killer’s victims and their families. She concluded, “It’s a shame that people take our tragedy and make money. The victims have never seen a dime. We go through these feelings every single day.”
Shirley spoke about the show earlier after it was released on Netflix, saying that the show was not only factually inaccurate, but also how it manipulates and capitalizes on the trauma of real-life tragedies. Netflix also faced heavy criticism from the LGBTQ+ community for classifying the series as an LGBTQ show because its main character, cannibal killer Jeffrey, was part of that community. Dahmer stars as Evan as a notorious serial killer, alongside an ensemble cast that includes Richard Jenkins, Nikki Nash-Bates, Molly Ringwald, and Michael Laird.
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