Ryan Murphy, the Hollywood director who co-created the recent series on serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, recently condemned Netflix for bowing to woke critics.
What is the background?
In late September, Netflix removed its “LGBTQ” tag from “Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” the dramatized biographical film of the infamous serial killer.
The streaming platform presumably attached the “LGBTQ” tag to the show because Dahmer was a gay man who primarily preyed upon other gay men, as well as racial minorities and underage boys.
What did Murphy say?
Speaking in an extensive interview with the New York Times, Murphy criticized Netflix for removing the LGBTQ tag from his show.
In fact, Murphy claimed that Netflix officials told him specifically that they removed the tag because of the backlash they had received for attaching it in the first place.
“The rule of my career has been: The more specific you are, the more universal you can become,” he told the Times.
“I also don’t think that all gay stories have to be happy stories,” he explained. “There was a moment on Netflix where they removed the LGBTQ tag from ‘Dahmer,’ and I didn’t like it and I asked why they did that, and they said because people were upset because it was an upsetting story. I was, like, ‘Well, yeah.’
“But it was a story of a gay man and, more importantly, his gay victims,” Murphy said.
Moreover, Murphy said he believes the way that he told Dahmer’s story highlighted how white privilege allowed Dahmer to get away with victimizing gay people and racial minorities.
From the Times:
Mr. Murphy said he did the story to shed light on the racism and homophobia that pervaded the case, at the victims’ expense, and because “it was the biggest thing I’ve ever seen that really sort of examines how easy it is to get away with things with the white privilege aspects.”
“Dahmer” is the second-most popular English show ever on Netflix. Only “Stranger Things 4” received more viewers in its initial release.