Netflix has taken off an LGBTQ tag for its miniseries Dahmer: Monster – The Jeffrey Dahmer Story amid flak for the classification.
The series initially hit the streaming service with the tags ‘LGBTQ,’ ‘ominous,’ ‘psychological,’ ‘horror,’ ‘vintage crime,’ and ‘dark’ upon its debut September 21, with many viewers taking to social media to criticize the streaming service for the inclusion of the LGBTQ classification.
One user wrote, ‘Hey hi @netflix I IMPLORE you please reconsider having Dahmer with the LGBTQ tag, especially as one of its tags right when you open the app.’
The latest: Netflix has taken off an LGBTQ tag for its miniseries Dahmer: Monster – The Jeffrey Dahmer Story amid flak for the classification. Evan Peters is seen in the titular role in the series
Another said, ‘netflix added the Jeffrey Dahmer series to the LGBTQ+ tag. I am gobsmacked.’
One user noted, ‘If I need to stay in my lane absolutely tell me but anyone else think it’s pretty gross of @netflix to list Dahmer under #LGBTQ, especially when the True Crime tag would have worked?’
Another use pointed out the misleading nature of the tag for viewers, saying, ‘Slapping the LGBTQ tag on Dahmer like “Looking for LGBTQ content?? Well boy do we have the show for you! Where every episode another LGBTQ person gets massacred & eaten! It’s like saying Schindler’s List is a family flick for Jewish people.’
The true crime series has also been at the center of criticism over the continued commercial success of the true crime genre, and the traumatic impact it might have on survivors.
The notorious serial killer was seen in a mugshot in a prior arrest
The streaming service faced criticism over its classification of the 10-part series
Netflix subsequently removed the LGBTQ tag from the miniseries
Netflix faced a torrent of criticism over its initial decision to add the LGBTQ classification
The sister of Dahmer victim Errol Lindsey, Rita Isbell, speaking with Insider Sunday, said that Netflix never reached out to her about the series, calling it harsh and careless.
‘I feel like Netflix should’ve asked if we mind or how we felt about making it,’ she said. ‘They didn’t ask me anything. They just did it. But I’m not money hungry, and that’s what this show is about, Netflix trying to get paid.’
The ten-part series retells the story of Dahmer from the perspective of his victims, and explores major mistakes Wisconsin police made in handling the probe of the notorious mass murderer, who made national headlines for acts of cannibalism and necrophilia.
The show features at least 10 incidents in which authorities nearly took Dahmer into custody, but didn’t, extending the twisted crime spree.
The success of the series has not come without its share of criticism, as many people took to Twitter expressing disgust over the continued commercial success of the true crime genre, and the traumatic impact it might have on survivors
One user took to Twitter to remember Dahmer’s victims amid the renewed interest in the case
A person who said they were related to a victim of Dahmer’s said that the miniseries was ‘retraumatizing’
Crime: Dahmer in 1992 was convicted of 16 murders he’d been charged with, and sentenced to 16 life sentences in prison. He was beaten to death by another inmate in November of 1994 at the Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, Wisconsin
The show also features actors Niecy Nash, Penelope Ann Miller, Shaun J. Brown, Colin Ford, and Richard Jenkins, with directors Paris Barclay, Carl Franklin, and Janet Mock. Miller and Jenkins play the roles of Dahmer’s parents, while Nash portrays Dahmer’s neighbor Glenda Cleveland, who tried in vain to report his bizarre behavior to authorities.
The infamous Milwaukee serial killer who murdered 17 people between 1978 and 1991. Dahmer in 1992 was convicted of 16 murders he’d been charged with, and sentenced to 16 life sentences in prison.
He was bludgeoned to death with a metal bar in November of 1994 by Christopher Scarver, another inmate at the Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, Wisconsin.
The gruesome story of Dahmer has past been chronicled in the 2002 movie Dahmer, in which Jeremy Renner played the titular role; as well as 2017’s My Friend Dahmer, in which Ross Lynch played a teen version of the nascent serial killer.
Murphy has past created 1990s true crime sagas with American Crime Story projects including 2018’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace and 2016’s The People Vs. OJ Simpson.