Stop Thirsting After Serial Killers – Rolling Stone

Late final week, Ryan Murphy’s newest undertaking Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story (catchy identify) premiered on Netflix. In fact the serial-killer saga got here with a considerable amount of controversy, particularly from one of many victims’ households, who stated that the felt being re-traumatized by the present.

However one other ugly product of Hollywood’s serial-killer fetish has reared its ugly head. The present has created one other wave of thirst for Dahmer, who brutally murdered 17 males and boys then engaged in acts of necrophilia and cannibalism with their corpses.

On Twitter, there have been threads lusting after Dahmer’s mugshot. On TikTok, a wave of youthful viewers, who’re most likely studying about Dahmer for the primary time from the restricted sequence, have made movies and feedback on movies displaying an alarming quantity of empathy for the assassin, who focused a lot of black and brown victims, a few of whom have been underage. 

It doesn’t assist that Murphy’s tackle the story is one in a sequence of exhibits and flicks about notorious serial killers in historical past to forged younger, sizzling actors. Zac Efron performed Ted Bundy in Extraordinarily Depraved, Shockingly Evil and Vile, a really beneficiant casting for Bundy. Ross Lynch, of the boy band R5, beforehand performed a teenage Dahmer in 2017’s My Pal Dahmer, whereas Evan Peters has taken over in Murphy’s sequence. The usage of Hollywood heartthrobs have created a slew of fan movies everywhere in the web, overly romanticizing the real-life monsters as a consequence of their extra charming counterparts. 

Films and TV exhibits aren’t the one cause individuals discover themselves sexy for serial killers. There are numerous blogs and boards on-line for small however mighty stan communities who deal with Bundy, Dahmer, Richard Ramirez, and others like pop stars. However the variations of their tales can arguably create extra hurt than good, as made clear by statements from Dahmer’s victims’ members of the family, in addition to the clear empathy being wrung out of the present by some individuals determined to grasp a horrible white man simply because they discover him reasonably enticing.

This week on Don’t Let This Flop, hosts Ej Dickson and Brittany Spanos focus on the controversies round Monster in addition to the most recent Don’t Fear Darling drama updates, the viral Miami Boys Choir, the inflow of celeb dishonest scandals, youngsters on airplanes, and why we might fuck Gritty, marry La Bussi and kill Mr. Blobby.

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