Many people first learned about lyrics about cannibal serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. In Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” Juicy J raps “She eat your heart out like Jeffrey Dahmer” and Kesha sings “Be too sweet, and you’ll be a Goner, I’ll pull a Jeffrey Dahmer” in her song “Kannibale” . However, the current series Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story has made Netflix’s list of documentaries for true crime junkies, and its chilling story has gained popularity.
The Ryan Murphy-directed docuseries racked up 299.84 million viewing hours in its second week on the streaming platform, according to Deadline, surpassing popular shows like Ozark, 13 Reasons Why and Bridgerton. It also became the second most-watched English-language series in a week, right behind Stranger Things 4.
Despite its popularity, the show has drawn controversy. According to Time, the sister of one of the victims claimed the show never contacted her or her family to seek consent to use the victim’s story. Also, people weren’t thrilled when Netflix put the documentaries under the LGBTQ category. Although Dahmer’s victims were male, many viewers pointed out that the shows and films in this category had mostly happy and celebratory themes, which this series obviously doesn’t do. Due to the popularity of the story, many people now want to dress up as Dahmer for Halloween, and Olympic gymnast Simone Biles hasn’t.
Simone Biles is against Jeffrey Dahmer Halloween costumes
The controversy surrounding Jeffrey Dahmer’s new Netflix docuseries only got worse when TikTok edits of Dahmer and his victims were released. “People are making romantic TikTok changes about a serial killer and his victim,” one person tweeted. “This is about a murderer and a man he killed. My heart goes out to the families of Jeffrey Dahmer’s victims.”
Evan Peters portrays Dahmer on the series, and according to The Star, many felt uncomfortable when TikTok users began posting “thirst traps” of him with clips from the show. Due to the actor’s popularity, Dahmer has become a coveted Halloween costume. Taking to Twitter on the matter, Simone Biles wrote: “I’m just [going to] walk [a]Head and say it, put the Jeffrey Dahmer costumes back in the closet. Obviously not a fan, she added, “We don’t have it!!!!!!”
Online shopping companies like eBay have also commented on the Dahmer costume idea. According to TMZ, a company spokesman said that selling Dahmer-inspired costumes violates one of their policies, which “rejects items closely associated with, or benefiting from, violent offenders, their acts, or crime scenes over the past 100 years.” .
Biopics of serial killers lead to romanticization and glorification
Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story star Evan Peters is known for his time on American Horror Story and for portraying Pietro Maximoff on WandaVision, but the Dahmer documentaries have catapulted his popularity. According to Glamour, the show has sparked discussion about Peters’ popularity, leading to fans “romanticizing” him as a serial killer.
A similar thing happened with Zac Efron’s portrayal of serial killer Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, though many defended the star. One of Bundy’s survivors, Kathy Kleiner Rubin, spoke to TMZ about glorifying the character. She mentioned that she has “no problem” with people seeing Efron as attractive because it shows the serial killer has used his charm to hide the things he’s been doing for so long since he’s just that as a person was.
A Twitter user also commented on the subject. “This Zac Efron – Ted Bundy trailer receives unfair criticism,” the person tweeted. They then went on to mention that Bundy acted like a “charismatic, cool American” in real life, which is why he got away with what he did for many years. Although these serial killers can be considered attractive, many people have made it clear that dressing up as them for Halloween is no less wrong.
Jeffrey Dahmer is on the list of “problematic” Halloween costumes
As Halloween approaches, Jeffrey Dahmer has made it onto several lists of people not to dress up like this this year. Spy ranked the infamous serial killer their third most controversial costume, along with Monkeypox, Queen Elizabeth, Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un.
The Dahmer drama even prompted TMZ to run an article showcasing celebrities who have dressed up as controversial figures in the past. These included Julianne Hough’s Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren from “Orange is the New Black” and Rick Leventhal’s “Rust”-inspired cowboy, who he donned just days after a fatal shooting on the film set.
In 2020, Pride published a list of categories considered “problematic” for Halloween costumes, such as: B. Blackface and cultural appropriation. For example, the media outlet described using Holocaust victim Anne Frank as a Halloween costume as “trivializing” – downplaying the importance of what she represents. Simone Biles is just one of many who believe that a Jeffrey Dahmer Halloween costume is disrespectful to his victims and their families and glorifies the horrific things he has done.