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Why is everyone obsessed with serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in the most watched series on Netflix?

Why is everyone obsessed with serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in the most watched

In the world of television, it is the hit of the moment. "Dahmer", the Netflix platform series inspired by the true story of Jeffrey Dahmer, the serial killer from Wisconsin, USA who in the 1980s killed 17 young boys in macabre ways, is loved by audiences around the world.

But on the other hand, he has also caused many debates: from being racist and homophobic, to the desire to instrumentalize pain. Now even the glasses of the serial killer have been auctioned for the amount of 150 thousand dollars, as if they were a cult object.

With the screenplay by Ryan Murphy (who in 2011 wrote the book "Horror Story in the USA") and Jan Brenan, the series "Dahmer: The Story of a Monster" is a worldwide success.

Available on Netflix since September 21, it reached a record number of over 196 million views in its first week alone, taking it to the top of the list of the most watched series in the English language. It is ranked in the top 10 Netflix series in 92 countries around the world. And for several days it is the most watched series in Italy.

So a triumph, which at the beginning could not be considered as guaranteed, since the events narrated are among the most terrible that have ever happened in the history of the last decades. It tells the story of Jeffrey Dahmer, a serial killer who, in addition to executing 17 boys, committed acts of sexual violence, necrophilia, cannibalism and dismemberment of his victims.

In fact, the series is classified as "horror". For example, in the 10-episode series, his house is shown as a "museum of horrors": with a severed head stored in the refrigerator, also some genitals, 5 skulls scattered around the house, and a skeleton on the nightstand.

Terrible scenes even for fans of this genre. Why this series is being liked so much is the subject of a great debate. The series is well done artistically, it conveys the charm of evil. The lead actor is creepy in his performance, but the details that are shown are horrifying.

Then there are the strong criticisms. The first accusation is that of racism. The serial killer went unmolested for 13 years (he killed between 1978 and 1991, in 1992 he was sentenced to life in prison, and 2 years later he was killed by a schizophrenic inmate) because the police repeatedly ignored complaints and warnings. from the neighbors.

And this hid the arrogance and feeling of superiority of the "white" police over the "blacks". This is one of the elements that attracts the public the most, at least judging by the comments on social networks. The then-Milwaukee District Attorney (where most of the murders took place), Michael McCann, felt compelled to state in an interview with TMZ that police officers would never turn a blind eye to Dahmer's victims simply because of their race or their sexual orientation.

"This is a ridiculous idea," he said. But racist approaches are also denounced behind the scenes of the series. Production coordinator Kim Alsup said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times that she was "treated very badly during filming." She clarified that she was one of only 2 black women who worked on this series and often her colleagues confused their names.

Akuza tjetër e fortë është ajo e homofobisë. Në fakt vrasësi serial ishte homoseksual (viktimat e tij ishin djem të rinj) dhe Netflix ka përdorur si tag termin LGBTQ+, për të theksuar homoseksualitetin e Dahmer. Komuniteti LGBTQ reagoi menjëherë duke i kërkuar kompanisë ta fshinte atë, gjë që Netflix e bëri.

Ndërkohë familjarët e viktimave akuzojnë shfrytëzimin e tepruar të dhimbjes së tyre. Gjatë gjyqit ndaj vrasësit serial, në proces u thirr për të dëshmuar Rita Isabel, motra e njërës prej viktimave, Errol Lindsej, që u vra kur ishte vetëm 19 vjeç.

Erik Perri, kushëriri i Errol, postoi në Twiiter dëshminë e vërtetë të Isabel, duke e krahasuar atë me atë të rikrijuar nga Netflix, duke shkruar:“A na duhen ende këta filma? Nuk më takon mua t’ju them se çfarë të shihni në ekran. Krimi tërheq gjithmonë audiencën. Por nëse jeni vërtet kureshtarë të mësoni këndvështrimin e viktimës, familja ime është shumë e zemëruar me këtë serial. Nuk kishte nevojë të traumatizohej përsëri, dhe për çfarë?”

Problemi është se familjarët e viktimave nuk janë kontaktuar nga Netflix, ndaj mungon versioni i tyre. Rita Isabel e bëri të qartë këtë: “Kur pashë një pjesë të serialit, u mërzita shumë, pasi më ktheu të gjitha emocionet që ndjeva në atë kohë.

Netflix should have asked for our opinion or asked us about what we feel. It would be good if part of the proceeds were given to the relatives of the victims. But this is not happening. It is sad that they are making money off of this tragedy. It is pure greed".

Even professional criticism of this genre has raised its voice on some aspects of the series. For example, the magazine "Variety" criticizes him for the excessive "humanization" of Jeffrey Dahmer. Even harsher were the criticisms of "Vanity Fair America," which argues that the story that deserved to be highlighted was that of a marginalized black community, which gave warnings that fell on deaf ears. Meanwhile, the series focused on the horror of the crimes./Taken with abbreviations from "IoDonna" (Translated by Bota.al)