Look, I’m as much of a true crime junkie as the next podcast-listening, twenty-something girl, but “Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” was too much, even for me.
Long, drawn out and dull, the new Dahmer show misses suspense and plunges into drudgery. I think they were going for a slow burn build up, but it just didn’t work. I couldn’t even finish the season, I found it so boring.
And besides, who even asked for this nightmare in the first place?
Certainly not the families of his victims. The show was made without the consent of the victims' families and that is its biggest crime.
Beyond aesthetics, acting and film direction, a series about real people needs to have respect for those who were victims.
Watching the show, it's easy to forget that Dahmer's victims were real people and that’s a problem. Instead, his victims are reduced to nothing but props to be murdered by the end of the episode. Instead of focusing on the victims, the show is centered on its namesake: Jeffrey Dahmer.
It attempts to portray an in-depth analysis of why he was the way he was, and why he did what he did.
In doing so it frames him almost sympathetically.
Trauma does not justify evil. Evil does not deserve sympathy. And I’m not talking sort-of evil here.
This isn’t someone who kicks puppies, this is a cannibalistic serial killer who murdered 16 people. Tragic backstory or no, this is not the type of man we need to have sympathy for.
Not only does the series sympathize with Dahmer, in some ways it nearly glorifies him.
Portrayed by a popular actor who many find attractive, Dahmer spends far more time shirtless and working out than he should.
Complete with sweat glistening abs and pecs, the camera lingers over his muscles. If you removed those scenes from the greater context of the show, one might think they were ripped from a rom-com not a docu-series following a notorious murderer.
Serial killers do not need to have six packs and we certainly don’t need to see them.
When portraying people who have done horrible acts, they should not be sympathized with or glorified.
People like Dahmer wanted power and when we portray them in the way this show has, we are giving them power.
A human who treated people like meat does not deserve our sympathy, and we should not give him the power of our fear.