Among the many prizes awarded during the Golden Globes 2023, there was also the one given to Evan Peters for his performance in Monster – The story of Jeffrey Dahmer, miniseries by Ryan Murphy based on the life of Jeffrey Dahmer; however, this decision to reward the actor has sparked several controversies.
Notably, Shirley Hughes, whose son Tony was among 17 men and boys the victims of Dahmer between 1978 and 1991, spoke to TMZ criticizing the decision.
“There’s a lot of sick people around the world. And people winning acting roles from playing killers keeps the obsession going, and this makes sick people thrive on the fame.”
According to TMZ, Hughes claimed that Peters ought to have honored the victims during his acceptance speech or, at the very least, addressed their relatives, who are still mourning. She continued by saying that he might have utilized the opportunity to demand Hollywood stop portraying serial killers positively.
“It’s a shame that people can take our tragedy and make money. The victims never saw a cent. We go through these emotions every day.”
Evan Peters acknowledged his own family and friends, the cast and crew of the program, and the show’s creator, Ryan Murphy, in his remarks but did not specifically name the victims or their families. Evan Peters said, “I sincerely hope some good came out of the show.”