Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story on Netflix is one of the most talked about series released this year. The terrifying scenes, the gripping storyline, and the incredible portrayal of Jeffrey Dahmer by Evan Peters have left the audience on the edge of their seats. Furthermore, it is based on the real-life gruesome serial killer from Milwaukee. While true crime series are top-rated among the audience, the Jeffrey Dahmer story on Netflix seems to be in some hot water.
Over the years, we have seen various true crime docuseries on Netflix. They are amongst the most discussed topics in pop culture, and there is no shortage of audiences interested in such content. However, despite topping the charts a day after its release, The Jefferey Dahmer story has also become criticized. In light of the backlash, Netflix also removed the LGBTQ+ tag from the crime series. Here’s why.
Why did Netflix remove the LGBTQ+ tag?
It is no surprise that the true crime genre dramas and films have a huge fan following worldwide. Jeffrey Dahmer is no exception. The true crime drama follows the life of the infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer who murdered and sexually assaulted 17 boys and men. Initially, the series was under the LGBTQ+ label, but the streamer soon removed the drama from the category. In an attempt to differentiate the series, Ryan Murphy took a distinct approach by focusing on the lives of the victims rather than glorifying Jeffrey. However, the series faced backlash due to its categorization under the LGBTQ+ label since Dahmer and most of his victims were queer in nature.
— Carol DaRonch (@CarolDaRonch) September 21, 2022
Moreover, the show also received repercussions from the victims’ families. According to the member of the victimized families, the series reignited their trauma. The series also became subject to backlash as Netflix failed to take the victimized families into consideration. Rita Isbell, the sister of a Jeffrey Dahmer victim, spoke about the issue. Rita revealed, “I was never contacted about the show. I feel like Netflix should’ve asked if we mind or how we felt about making it. They didn’t ask me anything. They just did it”. Interestingly, Netflix also recreated Isbell’s powerful statement in court at the 1992 sentencing.
Fans upset with the categorization of Dahmer Netflix under LGBTQ+
Despite receiving massive popularity, The Jeffrey Dahmer story faced objections on Twitter due to labeling the drama under the LGBTQ+ category. Here are a few:
nah netflix wrong for filing dahmer under lgbtq 😭😭😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/jAQ7pCOTNs
— suguru apologist (@omi_kinnie) September 22, 2022
The LGBTQ tag should be about positive LDBTQ shows in LGBTQ representation. In this show does definitely not show any of those. Netflix really needs to think before they do stuff with all there queerbating shows it’s very frustrating.
— a footnote (@tiredeyedidot) September 29, 2022
the LGBTQ tag should be about representation, and presence doesn’t always mean representation. we’re already bothered by the queerbaiting. they should’ve worked on that instead of this show. why did they think it was ok in the first place?
— sıla ˘͈ᵕ˘͈ (@taengutiny) September 28, 2022
Why the hell was it catabolised under LGBTQ in the first place
— 21 Civilised (@fatherrwethu) September 28, 2022
Yeah but what was the thought process that made them think that was a good idea in the first place pic.twitter.com/aHEqSHlFXu
— Kj (@mamaaintraiseno) September 28, 2022
However, after various viewers called the streamer out, Netflix immediately removed the drama from the LGBTQ+ category.
What are your thoughts on the issue? Do let us know in the comments below. Meanwhile, you can watch Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer story is streaming on Netflix.