“People who get acting roles by playing killers perpetuate the obsession,” said Shirley Hughes, Tony Hughes’ mother.
Evan Peters’ Golden Globe award is criticized by the mother of Jeffrey Dahmer’s victim, Tony Hughes.
Emmy Award winner Peters was up for the 2023 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie Made for Television for his portrayal of the serial killer in Netflix’s Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.
The hit series has been plagued by controversy since its premiere, with several families of Dahmer’s victims claiming that the “Monster” production failed to reach those affected by Dahmer’s murder, and that the series was “re-traumatizing” for those affected.
Between 1978 and 1991, Dahmer killed 17 men, mostly targeting BIPOC queer males. The story of Tony Hughes, who was killed by Dahmer in 1991, is a pivotal episode of “Monster,” but Hughes’ mother, Shirley Hughes, does not approve of Peters’ Golden Globe win or the series itself.
“There are many sick people around the world. People casting killers in acting roles perpetuates the obsession,” Hughes said TMZ. “It makes sick people thrive on fame.”
He added: “It’s a shame that people are taking our tragedy and making money from it. The victims did not see a cent. We experience these emotions every day.”
Hughes noted that Peters should have cited the victims’ families in his acceptance speech. Peters said at the time: “I want to thank everyone who watched this show. It was hard to make, it was hard to watch, but I sincerely hope that something good came out of it.”
Tony Hughes was a black, deaf and queer 31-year-old man who was murdered by Dahmer. The “Monster” episode “Silenced” depicts the murder of Hughes after Dahmer convinces him to leave the bar and return home to Milwaukee. Series creator Ryan Murphy cited the movie “Silenced” and Hughes’ story as reasons why Netflix should label the show as LGBTQ. The New York Times that it was “the biggest thing I’ve ever seen that really examines how easy it is to get away with things with white privilege.”
Murphy continued on Hughes’ appearance in the series: “There’s a five-minute scene where three gay deaf men in a pizzeria are talking in sign language about dating and gay life and how hard it is for them. I couldn’t believe that I had been given the gift of being able to present it on television.”
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