Netflix is being criticized for its hit series Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. It depicts Dahmer’s life through dramatic flashbacks, re-enactments and dramatized flashbacks. Many critics believe this is excessive sensationalism and unfair to the victims’ families. Shirley Hughes, one of Dahmer’s victims, has now spoken out more about her issues with the show.
Shirley’s son Tony Hughes was portrayed by Rodney Burford in the Netflix original series. On Sunday, she spoke with reporters from The Guardian about the difficulty of seeing her son’s horrific death depicted on screen – and then rehashed in the public consciousness all over again. She stated that her son’s murder didn’t happen the way it was shown on the television show. She was also shocked that the studio could use her name and one of her most traumatic stories without her consent.
“I don’t see how they can do that,”She spoke. “I don’t see how they can use our names and put stuff out like that out there.”Shirley also appeared on Netflix DahmerKaren Malina White portrays the character of Shirley. The show depicts Shirley and Tony as being close. It explains how Tony lost his hearing and how Tony grew up with his sexuality and deafness.
Shirley, the real Shirley, did not explain why the show’s version was different from her own experience. She stated only: “It didn’t happen like that.”According to reports, she was teaching a Bible class in Milwaukee when her son vanished decades ago. She only learned of his fate when Dahmer was finally arrested and Tony’s skull was discovered in Dahmer’s apartment – identified through dental records.
So when they say they’re doing this “with respect to the victims”Or “honoring the dignity of the families”No one has ever reached out to them. My cousins wake up every few months at this point with a bunch of calls and messages and they know there’s another Dahmer show. It’s cruel.
— eric perry. (@ericthulhu) September 23, 2022
Shirley Hughes attended all Dahmer’s court hearings and was awarded a civil judgment. This allowed her to collect as much as $10 million for any money Dahmer offered in exchange for his rights to his story. Legally, studios weren’t required to consult the families of victims or pay them for their representations on screen. Their stories are part of the public record.
Family members of Dahmer’s victims also have Several people have spoken out against this showCritics have also spoken out in support of them. Many have criticised the show for being too focused on Dahmer, diving into his psychology and sparing his victims much more time. The sensationalized also “exploitative”The depiction of their worst tragedies was an attempt to make them feel that the revisiting of the murders was traumatizing.