The Co-Creator Of “Dahmer” Disagrees With Criticism That The Series Was Too “Sympathetic” To The Infamous Killer

October 14, 2022 / Posted by:

Although Netflix’s Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story has become the streaming service’s second most popular original series (behind season four of Stranger Things) since coming out last month, the show hasn’t been without contention around how the creators handled the sensitive nature of the tragic events it depicts. Family members of Dahmer’s victims spoke out against the show, saying they weren’t contacted or consulted beforehand and that Netflix only cares about making money. Some viewers said they felt sick while watching it. Now, some who’ve seen it are complaining that the plot was causing people to feel sympathy for Dahmer; but Ian Brennan, who co-created the series with tragedy-glutton, Ryan Murphy, says that notion is simply not true. 

Even though Ryan Murphy’s favorite disturbing pet, Evan Peters, is being lauded for his chilling performance, many have criticized how the show portrayed parts of Dahmer’s troubled childhood and young adult life and accused the creators of making people feel bad for the murderer. Like these dumb tricks:


I can’t be the only one? #fyp #jeffreydahmer #dahmer #phycology #empathy #stockholmsyndrome #serialkillee

♬ original sound – AuntieSJ


Hello…are we ok brain? Ps dont come for me #ummwtf #fyp #dahmer #amiapsychopath #sheesh

♬ Netflix Dahmer Series Song – John Buck

Page Six says that Ian wholeheartedly disagrees that the show portrayed Dahmer in a way that would garner sympathy.

“I think we show a human being. He’s monstrously human and he’s monstrously monstrous and that’s what we wanted to sort of unpack,” Ian Brennan told Page Six at the premiere of “The Watcher” on Wednesday evening, responding to the intense backlash the show has garnered.

“We tried to show an objective portrait as possible. We did our homework.”

That homework was probably pretty easy since this story has been pounded into the ground since the 90s. And while he doesn’t agree with the critique that the show went too easy on Jeffrey, he is surprised by the success of the gruesome tale of Dahmer’s 17 murders involving cannibalism and necrophilia and that there’s a whole new crop of Jeffrey Dahmer groupies.

Brennan, 44, confessed he’s amazed by the show’s success and isn’t sure why it has blown up.

“I’ve been asking myself that same question,” he said. “It’s interesting when horrific stories like that resonate with people. I think it’s a way for people to approach scary things about themselves, watch it (being) portrayed on the screen.”

One thing the “Glee” co-creator doesn’t understand, however, is the rise of Dahmer’s “fans” thirsting over the killer.

“That’s creepy,” he shared. “(Haven’t seen it) but that’s crazy.”

Clearly, Ian hasn’t been on Twitter to see messes like these:

Ryan and Ian just had a new true crime show, The Watcher, hit Netflix. Luckily in the events that inspired it, no one dies or gets eaten, so maybe faith in humanity won’t be hanging by a thread as people react to this one.

Brennan’s latest show, “The Watcher,” is another creepy true crime mini-series that follows the true story of a married couple, who after moving into their dream home in New Jersey suburbia, is harassed by letters signed by a stalker named The Watcher.

I think the strange feelings happening with Dahmer could be that Evan Peters is high on some people’s hump lists and did such a convincing job playing the role; a few confused crotches have developed a soft spot and/or a wet spot for the actual serial murderer, Jeffrey, by proxy. And if that isn’t it, what in the actual fuck? Forget it–as evidenced by pretty much everything right now–the rules for acceptable human-ing got tossed out the window and run over repeatedly a long time ago.

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