Netflix Receives Backlash After Renewing Ryan Murphy’s ‘Monster’ Anthology

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After the success of “Monster: The Jeffery Dahmer story”, Netflix has granted creators Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan two more installments in their “Monster” anthology. The first series surrounding Jeffery Dahmer, the serial killer and cannibal, became the second most popular English TV season ever on the streaming platform.

Netflix announced the series renewal on Twitter. The next series in the anthology will “focus on other monstrous figures who have impacted society”.

“Dahmer”, which premiered on Sept. 21st, drew in controversy for not receiving support from the family of Dahmer’s victims. Some saw the series as “glorifying” the serial killer whose victims were mainly black and brown queer youth.

Murphy has responded to criticisms of the subject matter and backlash from the families saying, “…Over the course of the three, three and a half years when we were really writing it, working on it, we reached out to 20, around 20 of the victims’ families and friends trying to get input, trying to talk to people and not a single person responded to us in that process,” at an event for the show in LA.

Yet the series grew fascination in true crime communities online. Many people dressed as the serial killer for Halloween and fan edits from the show have millions of views.


“Something that we talked a lot in the making of it is we weren’t so much interested in Jeffrey Dahmer, the person, but what made him the monster that he became” Murphy explained. “…It’s really about white privilege. It’s about systemic racism. It’s about homophobia.”

Still, the news of two more installments of the anthology has received backlash online.

Some were confused about how the show gained a lot of views despite the controversy surrounding it.


Others see this news as a sign of the public being desensitized to real-life tragedies.

Creators, Murphy and Brennan have not yet announced who the next installment’s “monster” will be.

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