Jeffrey Dahmer came out as being gay to a judge in 1989.
Dahmer was found guilty of murdering 15 people, but more notable than the number of people he killed was the way in which he committed the murders. Dahmers murder stories have lived on despite his cases being multiple decades old. Disfiguring and eating people are mainly what Jeffrey Dahmer is known for.
People on social media came out and said that ‘this is not the representation they (members of the LGBTQ community) are looking for. Despite Dahmer being gay, this is a crime story that happens to be going into the murders of a gay man, but members of the LGBTQ community don’t feel this is a story that warrants the “LGBTQ” category tag on Netflix.
Initially, the story of one of America’s most notorious serial killers came up under the “LGBTQ” tag, along with other titles such as “Heartstopper,” “Sex Education,” and “AJ the Queen,” the Los Angeles Times reported. But now, Netflix has changed that after getting a lot of backlash via social media.
As of Tuesday, Netflix had removed the LGBTQ tag and classified “Monster” as “Crime TV Shows” and “Social Issue Drama,” the publication reported.
This isn’t the only controversy that the new Dahmer series faces. Prior to its release, some critics claimed “Monster” never should have been made in the first place because it exploited gay, black men, who were the main targets of the real-life serial killer.
The cousin of one of the victims posted to Twitter claiming the series brought up negative feelings for their family.
“I’m not telling anyone what to watch, I know true crime media is huge rn, but if you’re actually curious about the victims, my family (the Isbell’s) are pissed about this show.
It’s retraumatizing over and over again, and for what? How many movies/shows/documentaries do we need?” Eric Perry tweeted the day after the series debuted, as The Daily Wire previously reported.
Netflix attempted to push an agenda, which is a common theme they, and other media companies regularly attempt. The storyline of cops decades ago ignoring cases where black people or gay people are the victims of a crime go over well with a left-wing audience. The only problem is that in the case of Jeffrey Dahmer’s victims, this is simply not true. According to TMZ, Former Milwaukee District Attorney Michael McCann, the man who prosecuted Jeffrey Dahmer, McCann stated that depictions of the case being handled this way in the actual case are not true, and police officers did not turn a blind eye to crimes against black men and gay men.