EVAN Peters recently scooped a Golden Globes best actor award for portraying serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in a Netflix series, but families of the victims are not celebrating with him.
Peters took home the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or a TV Movie at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, California earlier this week.
In his speech, the actor thanked the viewers for watching the show, noting that the documentary series was both difficult to make and watch.
Peters also hoped “some good came out of it.”
However, the victims’ families were not impressed with his acceptance speech and found it lacking.
Shirley Hughes, mother of one of Dahmer’s victims, said in an interview with American tabloid website TMZ that the actor should have used the opportunity to “mention the families who are still suffering” from the serial killer’s crimes.
“It’s a shame that people can take our tragedy and make money,” Hughes said. “The victims never saw a cent. We go through these emotions every day.”
Hughes also addressed Peters’ speech, saying nothing good will come out of the series because it only adds to the grief of these victims’ families, who replay the tragedy over again.
She also questioned why Peters took the role if it was hard. She said he shouldn’t have accepted the role in respect to the families of the people that Dahmer had killed.
“There’s a lot of sick people around the world, and people winning acting roles from playing killers keeps the obsession going and this makes sick people thrive on the fame,” Hughes said.
Some Twitter users also shared their dismay over Peters’ win, saying that it feels wrong to honor a character that portrays the serial killer.
DAHMER – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story narrates the story of one of the most notorious serial killers in the United States from the perspective of his victims.
Following its release on Netflix, the victims’ families criticized the series, saying it was cruel and “retraumatizing.”
Despite the criticisms and backlash from netizens, the series gained 496.1 million viewing hours during its first 12 days and clocked one billion views on its 60-day mark. This makes the series Netflix’s third title to cross one billion viewing hours within two months.
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