One crew member said Netflix’s ‘Dahmer’ trailer gave her PTSD

  • Kim Alsup, coordinator of Netflix’s new Dahmer series, said she was treated “horribly” by the rest of the staff.
  • Alsup kept getting mistaken for her other black colleague, she told the Los Angeles Times.
  • Family members of Jeffrey Dahmer’s victims also spoke about how the new series affected them.

A crew member on the set of Netflix’s new series “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” said she experienced PTSD after seeing the trailer because of the mistreatment she received on set.

As one of two black female crew members, Kim Alsup — a production coordinator on Ryan Murphy’s show about the life of a serial killer — said she was constantly mistaken for a different black woman who also worked on the show.

“We both had braids, he was dark skinned and 5’10. I’m 5’5,” Alsup wrote in a viral Tweet. “Working on this took everything I had as I was treated horribly.”

Alsup told the Los Angeles Times that the show was “one of the worst shows I’ve ever worked on” and called the experience “exhausting”. He won’t watch the show, he told the LA Times.

“I just feel like it’s going to bring back so many memories of working on it. I don’t want to have that kind of PTSD. The trailer itself gave me PTSD…” he said.

Alsup told the LA Times that her experience only got better during the show’s sixth episode, which was written by Janet Mock and directed by Paris Barclay, both of whom are also Black. {I haven’t seen any other complaints, it also didn’t really extend to other experiences)

Alsup also told the LA Times that mental health coordinators were not present on set, but a Netflix representative told the Times that it provides access to mental health services. Netflix declined to comment to the LA Times about Alsup’s claims about what it was like to work on the show.

Others have spoken out against the Netflix documentary, including the families of Dahmer’s real-life victims.

Rita Isbell, sister of Jeffrey Dahmer’s victim Errol Lindsey, gave an emotional victim impact statement during Dahmer’s 1992 trial that was recreated in the series. In an essay she said, Isbell told Insider’s Kelsey Vlamis that the series made her feel like she was “living again [the murder] again from the begining.”

“I was never contacted about the show,” Isbell told Insider. “I feel like Netflix should have asked if we minded or how we felt about making it. They didn’t ask me anything. They just did it.”

Netflix and Alsup did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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