Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is a new Netflix limited series about the serial killer who killed 17 boys and men between 1978 and 1991. He ended up going to prison, where he died at the hands of a fellow prisoner named Christopher Scarver. However, the series has picked up a lot of criticism, including the fact Netflix labeled it under the tag LGBTQ.
Here is a look at the controversy and what Netflix has done about it.
Netflix removes LGBTQ tag from Dahmer series
When Netflix adds shows to its streaming service, it gives them certain tags to make them easier to find. This allows fans looking for horror movies or TV shows to find them easier then by searching under “horror.” There are also sections for these tags where horror movies can be found under the tag “horror movies” on the main page.
There is also a tag for LGBTQ shows and movies. These are almost all positive portrayals of LGBTQ stories, with occasional tragedies as well. Examples of the shows and movies under LGBTQ include Heartstopper, Sex Education, Atypiccal, and Feel Good. However, for a short time, Netflix listed Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story with the LGBTQ tag. It also had “ominous,” “psychological,” “horror,” “vintage crime,” and “dark” as fellow tags.
However, this brought a lot of anger from people who believed it did not deserve the tag. Netflix listed it there apparently because Dahmer was a gay man and targeted men and boys in his murders, but the movie had little to do with LGBTQ representation. Variety reported that Netflix has since removed the tag. Since its release on September 21, viewers watched over 196.2 million hours of the series.
While Netflix has made no comment outside of removing the tag, this came after people online complained about the tag. “This is not the representation we’re looking for,” a subscriber said on TikTok.
Jeffrey Dahmer victims protest show
That was not the only controversy surrounding the limited series. A lot of viewers have said that Netflix seems intent on making money off all these real-world tragedies with the biopics about murderers and true crime shows. The family of some of Dahmer’s victims also made these comments.
Rita Isbell, the sister of Errol Lindsey, told Insider that she was not happy about Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story being on Netflix. “It’s sad that they’re just making money off of this tragedy. That’s just greed,” she said.
On top of the series about Jeffrey Dahmer, Netflix also has shows about serial killers like Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, The Son of Sam, and The Unabomber, as well as shows like Murder Among the Mormons, Why Did You Kill Me, and American Murder: The Family Next Door.
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