Netflix has removed the “LGBTQ” tag from its series about serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer after many online commenters objected.
Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story dramatizes the tale of the Milwaukee man who murdered 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991. He dismembered many of them and may have cannibalized their body parts. He was arrested in 1991 and was killed in prison by a fellow inmate in 1994.
The Netflix show, which stars Evan Peters as Dahmer, has been criticized as adding to the trauma of the victims’ families and friends as well as for associating the crimes with gay identity.
“It has been speculated that the reason the series was initially marked ‘LGBTQ’ was that many of Dahmer’s victims were LGBTQ, or because of Dahmer’s own sexuality,” The Independent reports. “The reason remains unconfirmed by Netflix.”
Netflix has not announced why it removed the tag, but numerous commenters on social media had denounced the streaming service for labeling the series “LGBTQ.”
“I mean, I know it’s technically true, but this is not the representation we’re looking for,” TikTok user Lizthelezbo remarked in a post that has gone viral.
“Imagine clicking on the ‘LGBTQ’ category and this is what you get,” said a Twitter user going by Quinton Reviews. Another social media commenter said of Dahmer, “We do not claim him!!!”
LGBTQ+ Milwaukee residents have said there’s no justification for a series recounting Dahmer’s crimes. “I feel like it fetishizes this whole horrible moment in Milwaukee history,” drag performer B.J. Daniels told TV station WISN. “It shouldn't be looked at it that way; it just feels completely wrong.” It’s “disturbing the graves of victims,” he added.