Nobody said making movies and TV was a cakewalk, but apparently, Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, was one of the hardest working experiences that any crew member has had the misfortune of enduring.
Production assistant, Kim Alsup, has come out and called it “one of the worst shows I’ve ever worked on,” and said that she cannot watch the series back out of fear that it would cause PTSD.
Speaking to Indiewire, Alsup said: “I worked on this project, and I was one of two Black people on the crew, and they kept calling me her name. We both had braids, she was dark skin 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.”
On the surface, the series has been praised for its inclusivity, both from the perspective of how the series focuses on the prejudices at play that enabled Dahmer’s killing spree to continue, and the fact it offered up directorial roles to various ethnic groups and genders.
Alsup’s experience, however, runs counter to this. She described the production as “exhausting” and demeaning. “It was one of the worst shows that I’ve ever worked on,” she said. “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.”
Netflix are yet to comment on her claims and no further cast or crew have been critical of the production.