Netflix drops LGBTQ tag on Jeffrey Dahmer show amid backlash

Netflix’s “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” isn’t over the hill yet. The streaming platform, which has been criticized for the “cruel” series by the family of one of Dahmer’s victims, has come under fire for initially classifying it as an LGBTQ show.

“If I need to stay on my lane, be sure to tell me but someone else thinks it’s pretty gross of @netflix to list Dahmer under #LGBTQ, especially if the true crime tag would have worked?” tweeted author Frances Danger on Wednesday when the series premiered.

Other users noticed how Netflix tagged the series as part of its LGBTQ content. Other series under the streamer’s LGBTQ tag include Heartstopper, Sex Education and AJ the Queen.

“Nah, Netflix is ​​wrong to submit dahmer under LGBTQ.” said another Twitter user.

“Hey hi @netflix I PLEASE you please reconsider using Dahmer with the LGBTQ tag, specifically as one of its tags right when you open the app.” said @Sinuzaki.

On TikTok, a user said it’s “technically correct” to label the show “LGBTQ” since Dahmer is gay, “but that’s not the portrayal we’re looking for.”

Upon release, the series also fell into the Ominous, Psychological, Horror, Vintage Crime, and Dark categories.

As of Tuesday, Netflix listed the series under “Crime TV Shows” and “Social Issue Drama.” However, it’s unclear exactly when Netflix dropped the “LGBTQ” label.

Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, in which Evan Peters plays the serial killer, chronicles the late ’70s to early ’90s when Dahmer killed 17 people, most of whom were people of color.

Even before the premiere, the new Netflix series caused criticism with its trailer.

“Idk on some of y’all but I don’t think the killings of black gay men should be used for entertainment or profit.” a Twitter user said.

“Do serial killers really need that much screen time?” said another Twitter user.

Just a day after Monster debuted, Eric Perry tweeted that the show will relive his family’s nightmare of Errol Lindsey’s murder and the trauma his sister Rita Isbell endured.

“I don’t tell anyone what to watch, I know true crime media is huge but if you’re really curious about the victims my family (the Isbells) is mad at this show,” he said in one Tweet last Thursday.

Perry retweeted a video that appeared to compare a scene from the Netflix series to real court footage of Rita Isbell, Lindsey’s sister, attacking Dahmer. In the scene, actor DaShawn portrays Barnes Isbell and rushes towards Peters’ Dahmer before being stopped by court security.

“It keeps getting retraumatized, and for what?” Perry said in his first post. “How many movies/shows/documentaries do we need?”

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-09-27/netflix-jeffrey-dahmer-show-lgbtq-tag Netflix drops LGBTQ tag on Jeffrey Dahmer show amid backlash

Sarah Ridley

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