Netflix Drops LGBTQ Tag From Dahmer Series

'This is not the representation we're looking for'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2022 9:53 AM CDT
Netflix Drops LGBTQ Tag From Dahmer Series
In this Jan. 13, 1992 photo, Jeffrey Dahmer enters the courtroom on in Milwaukee where he changed his plea to guilty, but insane in the mutilation slayings of 15 young men.   (AP Photo, File)

"This is not the representation we're looking for," one TikTok user said after Netflix applied its LGBTQ tag to the new series Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. Netflix has now pulled the tag after a backlash from users, who said that while the notorious serial killer was gay and preyed on gay men, the true-crime series didn't belong next to content like Heartstopper and RuPaul's Drag Race, the Daily Dot reports. The series made its debut Sept. 21 with the LGBTQ tag, as well as other tags including " ominous," "psychological," "horror," and "vintage crime," per Variety.

"Netflix, I implore you to please reconsider having Dahmer with the LGBTQ tag, especially as one of its tags right when you open the app," one subscriber tweeted. It's currently listed in the "Crime TV Shows" and "Social Issue Drama" categories. The show has been a rating hit for Netflix, but it has been panned by reviewers, with one calling it a "demonstration of every worst tendency that the true crime drama genre has to offer." (Relatives of one of Dahmer's victims say they weren't notified about the series and they are being "retraumatized" by Netflix's exploitation of Dahmer's horrific crimes.)

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