Evan Peters portrayal of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer has caused a lot of controversy since it came out, despite that, Peters won a Golden Globe award for his performance at the 80th awards ceremony.
Viewers have bashed the Hollywood Foreign Press online after Peters swiped the Best Actor award for his chilling depiction of the cannibal killer.
And since then, the mother of one of Jeffrey Dahmer’s victims, has slammed both the controversial win and Peters acceptance speech, claiming he should have used his time on stage to talk about the victims and their families.
The event took place at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, and it was a night to remember. An esteemed panel of professionals from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association selected the most deserving winners.
It was a prestigious occasion, filled with stars from all corners of the entertainment industry that were excited to be honoured for their hard work and dedication.
Obviously, the Hollywood Foreign Press has not been without controversy over the last few years, and that is something that many people wanted them to address.
During the show, President Helen Hoehne mentioned the changes made to the organisation in order to ensure that its members had a more diverse representation. “We commit to continue strengthening our partnership with Hollywood and with the worldwide fans who celebrate the best on film and television,” she said. “We will continue to support groups that amplify a variety of voices and continue to add representation to our organisation from around the world as we did this past year.”
The HFP’s lack of diversity was also addressed by this year’s Host Jerrod Carmichael: “I’m here because I’m Black,” he said in his opening monologue, adding that the association “did not have a single Black member until George Floyd died.” His comments seemed to spark a positive response from Twitter users, and his name quickly began trending on the site.
Aside from that, there were some clear stars of the show when it came to accepting awards. Unsurprisingly, The Banshees of Inisherin won best picture, for a musical or comedy, and received a whopping eight nominations throughout the night.
Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical film The Fabelmans won the final award of the night for Best Motion Picture Drama.
The winners of the TV category were HBO’s House of the Dragon, which won Best Drama Television Series, and Abbott Elementary, which won best television series, musical or comedy. The White Lotus was also very successful, winning Best Limited Series, Anthology, or TV Movie.
When it came to the best actors awards, Evan Peters was the frontrunner. He bagged the award for his chilling portrayal of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Netflix’s Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.
Between 1978 and 1991 Dahmer took the lives of seventeen men, and the show has previously been criticised for making money off of the tragic deaths of these innocent victims.
Despite that, during last night’s event, Nicole Byer and Ana Gasteyer appeared to make light of the tragic real-life story, and understandably, viewers were outraged.
Discussing Dahmer on stage, the pair noted that while he was “not a nice guy,” he “nailed it on eyewear… setting a trend for years to come.”
To make matters worse, Gasteyer then put on a pair of glasses, similar to that of the serial killer, before presenting the award to Peters.
But it seems that it wasn’t just Nicole Byer and Ana Gasteyer’s insensitive remarks that got people riled up, it was the fact that Peters won in the first place.
Taking to the stage to accept his award, Peters said: “Thank you to the HFPA, thank you to Netflix and Mr Ryan Murphy for letting me be a part of your brilliant vision again… and the entire post-production team for showing me how they work their brilliant magic. I want to thank this incredible cast and crew and directors.
“It was a colossal team effort. Everyone gave it their all and I would not be up here without them. I want to thank my family, friends, and loved ones who carried me to the finish line.
“And last but most importantly I want to thank everyone who watched the show it was a difficult one to make, a difficult one to watch but I sincerely hope some good came out of it.”
While the actor received critical acclaim for his role as Dahmer, viewers were less than impressed that he won, with Twitter users sharing their thoughts on his controversial win…
One wrote: “Wonder how the victim’s families are feeling about this right now. The show should’ve never been made and this just makes it worse shame on Evan [Peters] and Ryan [Murphy].”
Another commented: “This feels… just wrong. I don’t know man. Honouring the role of Dahmer feels weird. He needed to say something about the victims but he didn’t.”
“Imagine you lost a family member due to Jeffery Dahmer and find out somebody got AWARDED for dramatising his crimes,” a third added.
And now, Shirley, the mother of Dahmer victim Tony Hughes, has spoken out about Peter’s acceptance speech, sharing that she feels he should have mentioned the families of the victims and how they’re still hurting from the crimes.
She also called out Hollywood for glorifying these killers and their crimes.
Shirley told TMZ: “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.”
She added: “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.”