Ryan Murphy Defends ‘Dahmer’ LGBTQ Tag Removed By Netflix

Ryan Murphy, the creator of the Netflix hit “Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” mentioned he disagreed with the corporate’s elimination of the tag itemizing the present’s LGBTQ content material.

“It’s about homophobia,” Murphy advised Selection in an interview printed Monday.

“I have a saying, ‘My job as an artist is to hold up a mirror about what happened,’” he added. “It’s ugly. It’s not pretty. Do you want to look at it? If you do, watch it. If you don’t, look away, and sometimes, some of this outrage is directed at the frame of the mirror instead of the reflection.”

Murphy’s “Dahmer” grew to become the No. 1 present on Netflix after its September debut. After many viewers protested Netflix’s categorization of the grisly present as LGBTQ content material, the streaming service eliminated the tag.

Murphy mentioned he disagreed. “Dahmer,” which earned 4 Golden Globe nominations on Monday, is framed as a part of LGBTQ historical past. The serial assassin raped, killed and disremembered 17 males and boys in Wisconsin from 1978 to 1991.

The victims’ family had been deeply troubled by the present. Shirley Hughes, whose son Tony Hughes was killed by Dahmer in 1991, advised The Guardian: “I don’t see how they can do that. I don’t see how they can use our names and put stuff out like that out there.”

Evan Peters earned a Golden Globe nomination for Finest Actor in a Restricted Sequence for his portrayal of Dahmer.

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“I feel like Netflix should’ve asked if we mind or how we felt about making it,” Rita Isbell, whose 19-year-old brother Errol Lindsey was murdered by Dahmer, advised Insider. “They didn’t ask me anything. They just did it.”

Murphy advised Selection the motivation behind his queer-centric reveals was pretty egocentric, as he “had nothing” to look at in that regard throughout his personal childhood. For him, exploring even the darkest elements of the neighborhood’s historical past is important in exhibiting an entire image.

“I try and say, ‘I really understand why you’re upset about the inclusion of that [tag]. I understand it, but I also disagree with it personally,’” Murphy advised Selection. “I think that it got the tag, one, because of my involvement. I’m a gay man, so most of my stories deal with some sort of LGBTQ thing.”

“My mission statement has been to talk about those stories and those characters and unearth buried history,” Murphy added.