'Dahmer' crew member says she was 'treated horribly' on set as a Black woman

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By Asiya Ali

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A Black woman who was a crew member of Netflix's ten-part Jeffrey Dahmer series has said that she was "treated horribly" on set.

Since the release of the streamer's TV show on the notorious serial killer - titled Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story - it has drawn backlash from both viewers and families of the victims.

Now, a production assistant named Kim Alsup took to her Twitter account to open up about her negative experience while working on set.

Alsup wrote that she was "treated horribly" while working behind the scenes on the series that tells the story of the convicted serial killer who murdered and dismembered 17 men and boys - typically of Black, Asian, and Latino descent - from 1978 to 1991.

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According to Entertainment Weekly, Alsup, who has since made her Twitter account private, wrote: "I worked on this project and I was 1 of 2 Black people on the crew and they kept calling me her name."

"We both had braids. She was dark-skinned and 5'10. I'm 5'5. Working on this took everything I had as I was treated horribly. I look at the Black female lead differently now too," she added.

The crew member also revealed to the Los Angeles Times in a new interview that she has yet to watch the show because of the uncomfortable memories she has connected to it.

"I don't want to have these PTSD types of situations," she told the outlet. "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 denounced the popular series which stars Evan Peters as the Millaukwee cannibal as "one of the worst shows" she's ever worked on as a woman of color. She also claimed that there were no mental health professionals available on set.

In addition to this, she revealed that other people on set were ignorant and always called her another person's name, writing: "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."

While Alsup said that the workplace conditions improved while filming the show's sixth episode, which was written by Janet Mock and Paris Barclay, who are people of color, she said that her overall experience was "exhausting".

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Alsup is certainly not the only person who has criticized the show. Rita Isbell - who is the sister of Errol Lindsey, one of Dahmer's victims - wrote in an essay for Insider that she was "never contacted about the show" even though they recreated her emotional 1992 victim impact statement to Dahmer in an episode.

"I was never contacted about the show. I feel like Netflix should've asked if we mind or how we felt about making it," she said.

"When I saw some of the show, it bothered me, especially when I saw myself - when I saw my name come across the screen and this lady saying verbatim exactly what I said.

"If I didn't know any better, I would've thought it was me. Her hair was like mine, she had on the same clothes," she said, adding that it "brought back all the emotions she was feeling back then" and forced her to "relive it all over again".

Rita said it would have been more forgivable if they "gave some of the money to the victims' children," not necessarily her because she's "comfortable," but the victim's children and grandchildren.

"If the show benefited them in some way, it wouldn't feel so harsh and careless. It's sad that they're just making money off of this tragedy. That's just greed," she explained.

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'Dahmer' crew member says she was 'treated horribly' on set as a Black woman

vt-author-image

By Asiya Ali

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A Black woman who was a crew member of Netflix's ten-part Jeffrey Dahmer series has said that she was "treated horribly" on set.

Since the release of the streamer's TV show on the notorious serial killer - titled Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story - it has drawn backlash from both viewers and families of the victims.

Now, a production assistant named Kim Alsup took to her Twitter account to open up about her negative experience while working on set.

Alsup wrote that she was "treated horribly" while working behind the scenes on the series that tells the story of the convicted serial killer who murdered and dismembered 17 men and boys - typically of Black, Asian, and Latino descent - from 1978 to 1991.

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Credit: REUTERS / Alamy

According to Entertainment Weekly, Alsup, who has since made her Twitter account private, wrote: "I worked on this project and I was 1 of 2 Black people on the crew and they kept calling me her name."

"We both had braids. She was dark-skinned and 5'10. I'm 5'5. Working on this took everything I had as I was treated horribly. I look at the Black female lead differently now too," she added.

The crew member also revealed to the Los Angeles Times in a new interview that she has yet to watch the show because of the uncomfortable memories she has connected to it.

"I don't want to have these PTSD types of situations," she told the outlet. "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 denounced the popular series which stars Evan Peters as the Millaukwee cannibal as "one of the worst shows" she's ever worked on as a woman of color. She also claimed that there were no mental health professionals available on set.

In addition to this, she revealed that other people on set were ignorant and always called her another person's name, writing: "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."

While Alsup said that the workplace conditions improved while filming the show's sixth episode, which was written by Janet Mock and Paris Barclay, who are people of color, she said that her overall experience was "exhausting".

wp-image-1263170163 size-full
Featured image credit: PA Images / Alamy

Alsup is certainly not the only person who has criticized the show. Rita Isbell - who is the sister of Errol Lindsey, one of Dahmer's victims - wrote in an essay for Insider that she was "never contacted about the show" even though they recreated her emotional 1992 victim impact statement to Dahmer in an episode.

"I was never contacted about the show. I feel like Netflix should've asked if we mind or how we felt about making it," she said.

"When I saw some of the show, it bothered me, especially when I saw myself - when I saw my name come across the screen and this lady saying verbatim exactly what I said.

"If I didn't know any better, I would've thought it was me. Her hair was like mine, she had on the same clothes," she said, adding that it "brought back all the emotions she was feeling back then" and forced her to "relive it all over again".

Rita said it would have been more forgivable if they "gave some of the money to the victims' children," not necessarily her because she's "comfortable," but the victim's children and grandchildren.

"If the show benefited them in some way, it wouldn't feel so harsh and careless. It's sad that they're just making money off of this tragedy. That's just greed," she explained.

Featured image credit: Barry King / Alamy