MOVIE NEWS – The Beast: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story has been labelled as LGBTQ content on Netflix, sparking controversy on social media.
Netflix executives may have been aware that a certain level of controversy was expected with the release of The Beast: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, but perhaps it was a little more than expected. Of course, given that the series focuses on the horrific crimes of real-life serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, it’s not for the faint of heart. Many viewers said they couldn’t even stomach the first episode, let alone watch the whole series.
But there was another problem that many viewers had with Monster, released by Netflix. It was originally labeled as LGBTQ content, as the majority of Dahmer and his victims were gay men. The problem is that this was not the representation that the LGBTQ community was looking for, given that the LGBTQ label included things like “sinister”, “psychological”, “horror”, “vintage crime” and “dark”.
“Lololo, this is hysterical on Netflix’s part,” one tweet about the label reads. “Slapping the LGBTQ label on Dahmer is like ‘looking for LGBTQ content? Well boy do we have a series for you! Where in every episode a different LGBTQ person is slaughtered and eaten!’ That’s like saying Schindler’s List is a family movie for Jewish people.”
“Imagine clicking on ‘LGBTQ’ and getting this,” reads another tweet from Quinton Reviews, including a creepy close-up photo of Evan Peters as a cannibal killer.
“Imagine calling the Jeffrey Dahmer Netflix series an LGBTQ-friendly love story,” reads another tweet. “2022 is f***ing something”.
Netflix took the broadcast and took action. According to the L.A. Times, the streaming service has since removed the LGBTQ epithet from the series Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.
Netflix has previously been sharply criticized for the release of the series, with the complaint coming specifically from the family of one of Dahmer’s victims. Eric Perry, the cousin of Dahmer victim Errol Lindsey, has slammed Netflix for launching another series about the killer when there have been so many films, TV shows and podcasts about him in the past.
“I’m not telling anyone what to watch, I know that true crime media is a huge draw, but if anyone is really curious about the victims, my family (the Isbell family) has absolutely nothing to do with what’s been presented in this series,” Perry said. “It’s retraumatizing over and over again, and why? How many movies/shows/documentaries do we need?”
Lindsey’s older sister, Rita Isbell, memorably snapped at Dahmer at one point in the trial during the reading of her victim’s statement. This was recreated for the Dahmer series, and for Isbell it was perhaps a little too accurate. The scene made him feel almost as if he were watching a tape of himself, and it also brought back memories of the terrible pain he felt at the time.
“J’ai presque pensé que c’était moi”, a déclaré le journaliste à Kelsey Vlamis. “Ses cheveux étaient comme les miens, elle portait les mêmes vêtements. J’avais donc l’impression de revivre tout cela. Cela m’a rappelé tous les sentiments que j’avais à l’époque.”