Since its discordant release on Netflix last month, Ryan Murphy’s limited true-crime series Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story spent 21 consecutive days as the most watched show on the platform. The series, detailing the murders of infamous “Milwaukee man-eater” Jeffrey Dahmer, who between 1978 and 1991 killed, dismembered, raped and ate 17 boys and men – many of them black, brown and gay – have been criticized for worshiping the violent and exploitative Dahmer of his victims and their families. But that hasn’t stopped viewers from feeling sorry for Dahmer or longing for him on TikTok. It also doesn’t seem to stop eBay sellers from selling Dahmer-inspired Halloween costumes, like his signature wire-rimmed glasses and button-down shirts. While major Halloween retailers like Spirit and Party City are reportedly not selling Dahmer costumes, the worrying explosion of fanfare has sparked a backlash from Shirley Hughes, whose son is Dahmer affected. murdered in 1991. Over the weekend, Hughes told TMZ that the costume was “evil” and traumatizing, adding, “If Netflix hadn’t streamed the show… No family would be re-watched… and then there will be no Dahmer skins this year. “
Dahmer was sentenced to life in prison in 1992 and beaten to death by a fellow inmate two years later. He murdered Hughes’ son, a deaf and unambitious model Tony Hughes after picking up a 31-year-old man at a gay bar in Milwaukee, drugging and killing him and then that dismembered his body and preserved his skull. Hughes recently condemned the depiction of her son in Dahmertalk to Guardians, “It didn’t happen that way,” and urged Netflix not to consult the victim’s family before production. “I don’t know how they can use our name and put things like that out there,” she said. Many family members of Dahmer’s victims have also spoken out about the show: Rita Isbell, whose brother, Errol Lindsey, was murdered by Dahmer in 1991, told Insider that the series was “harsh and unforgiving. careful” and Netflix is ”making money off of this tragedy.” Lindsey’s cousin, Eric Perry, also criticized the series on Twitter: “I know crime media is really huge,” he tweeted after its release. “But if you are really curious about the victims, my family… [is] upset about the program. It repeats, and for what? How many movies/shows/documentaries do we need? “
Following Twitter’s initial backlash, Netflix removed the show’s LGBTQ label, but the platform has yet to respond to growing criticism from victims’ family members. Meanwhile, the creators behind the series continue to defend it, with co-creator Ian Brennan telling “Page Six” this month that the show is a “as objective portrait as possible” of the show. Dahmer and denied that it was “friendly” to him. “I think we represent a human being. He’s a monstrous human being and he’s also monstrous and that’s what we wanted to unpack,” he told the outlet. Meanwhile, Hughes told TMZ she “didn’t understand how people who choose to dress like him can sleep at night.” May I suggest dressing like a pumpkin, a vaccine or anything else?
https://www.thecut.com/2022/10/dahmer-halloween-costumes-are-evil-says-victims-mother.html Dahmer Halloween Costumes Are ‘Evil,’ Says Victim’s Mother