Netflix removes Jeffrey Dahmer series from its LGBTQ section after backlash

Netflix removes Jeffrey Dahmer series from its LGBTQ section after backlash
Evan Peters as Jeffrey Dahmer in "Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story" Photo: COURTESY OF NETFLIX

Netflix has removed its “LGBTQ+” tag from Ryan Murphy’s new Jeffrey Dahmer series after subscriber backlash.

Anyone who has ever clicked on the “LGBTQ” tab on just about any streaming service knows that the offerings can range from disappointing to just plain baffling, with seemingly anything that could be considered even remotely gay-ish lumped together in the category. But Netflix subscribers were particularly disturbed to find Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story amongst the streamer’s queer films and TV series.

“This is not the representation we’re looking for,” one TikTok user said in a post.

The series became the #1 show on Netflix last week, and according to Variety, it was the most talked-about show on social media that week as well. According to Netflix’s official description, “The series examines the gruesome and horrific true crimes of Jeffrey Dahmer and the systemic failures that enabled one of America’s most notorious serial killers to continue his murderous spree in plain sight for over a decade.”

“It’s called The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, but it’s not just him and his backstory,” Evan Peters, who stars as Dahmer in the series, said in a promotional video released by Netflix. “It’s the repercussions, it’s how society and our system failed to stop him multiple times because of racism, homophobia. It’s just a tragic story.”

But many on social media have countered that casting Peters, who has become something of a sex symbol for his roles in other Murphy productions, as Dahmer glamorizes the serial killer who brutally murdered 17 men and boys, most of whom were people of color.

Meanwhile, the families of some of Dahmer’s victims have spoken out about feeling exploited and retraumatized by the series.

“When I saw some of the show, it bothered me,” Rita Isbell, the sister of Dahmer victim Errol Lindsey, told Insider. “It’s sad that they’re just making money off of this tragedy.”

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