‘Dahmer’: Black PA Slam’s experience working on Netflix series

“I was working on this project and I was one of two black guys on the crew and they kept calling me her name,” said Kim Alsup, a crew member on the controversial Netflix hit.

In a turn of events that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, Netflix’s “Dahmer” has been both a ratings juggernaut and a source of constant controversy since it debuted on the streaming service last week. Alongside ethical debates about producing another show about an infamous serial killer and questions about its factual accuracy, Ryan Murphy’s show is now the subject of complaints about how it treated its crew.

Kim Alsup, a production assistant on the show, recently beat the series in one tweet claimed she was mistreated on set and experienced subtle forms of racial discrimination.

“I was working on this project and I was one of two black guys on the crew and they kept calling me her name,” Alsup wrote. “We both had pigtails, she was black and 5’10. I’m 5’5. Working on it took everything I had as I was treated horribly. I see the black female lead differently now too.”

In a subsequent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Alsup addressed the experience, which she described as “tiring.”

“That was one of the worst shows I’ve ever worked on,” Alsup said. “I was always called by someone else’s name, the only other black girl who didn’t look anything like me, and I learned the names of 300 extras from the background.”

The experience was so unpleasant that Alsup has no desire to watch the show. IndieWire has reached out to Netflix for comment.

“I just feel like it’s going to bring back too many memories from working on it,” she said. “I don’t want to have those PTSD-like situations. The trailer itself gave me PTSD, which is why I ended up writing this tweet and didn’t think anyone would read it.”

Alsup isn’t the only person upset about the Netflix series. Eric Perry, the cousin of Dahmer victim Errol Lindsey, recently took to Twitter to criticize the show for exploiting tragic events

“I don’t tell anyone what to watch, I know true crime media is huge but if you’re really curious about the victims my family (the Isbells) are mad at this show,” Perry wrote. “Reenacting my cousin having an emotional breakdown in court over the man who tortured and murdered her brother is WILD.”

“Dahmer” is now streaming on Netflix.

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