A crew member for Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story has spoken about her time working on the miniseries, alleging she was “treated horribly”.
Speaking to The Los Angeles Times, production assistant Kim Alsup criticised the working process for the Netflix show, saying it “was one of the worst shows” she’d ever worked on.
She was allegedly one of two Black crew members for the series, with Alsup saying she would regularly be mistaken for the other Black co-worker. “I was always being called someone else’s name, the only other Black girl who looked nothing like me, and I learned the names for 300 background extras,” she said.
Alsup did note that circumstances improved slightly during production for the sixth episode, which was both written (Janet Mock) and directed (Paris Barclay) by Black industry figures.
Despite this, Alsup described her experience as “exhausting”, saying that the lack of mental health coordinators was proof of an unsupportive environment.
Because of this, Alsup has said she cannot bring herself to watch the show. “I just feel like it’s going to bring back too many memories of working on it,” she said. “I don’t want to have these PTSD types of situations.
“The trailer itself gave me PTSD, which is why I ended up writing that tweet and I didn’t think that anybody was going to read.”
Alsup had previously tweeted about her on-set experience, mentioning her horrible treatment and the case of mistaken identity.
A Netflix spokesperson did not comment on Alsup's allegations about the on-set environment or number of Black crew members, but said that all crew have access to free health and wellness resources including a licenced therapist.
The show has faced criticism from family members of Dahmer’s victims due to its portrayal of the crimes, while Netflix changed its category after it was initially tagged as part of the streaming service’s LGBTQ+ section.
If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov.
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