After viewers outcry, Netflix removes LGBTQ tag from ‘Dahmer’ series.

Following complaints from viewers, Netflix has removed the “LGBTQ” label from its true-crime series Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.

The tag, along with others like “dark,” “horror” and “vintage crime,” was one of the first categories chosen to categorize Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan’s serial killer limited series. Viewers saw and voiced criticism online: “Anyone else think it’s pretty disgusting of Netflix to list Dahmer as LGBTQ, especially when the True Crime tag would have worked?” read a representative tweet.

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Similar sentiments were expressed in a popular video from TikTok, which said the show “isn’t the portrayal we’re hoping for”. Later, Netflix removed the category tag. Dahmer was gay, as were a number of his victims, but Netflix normally uses the LGBTQ label for movies like Uncoupled, Sex Education and Heartstopper that reflect the more nuanced realities of LGBTQ people. The monster was categorized as “crime”, “sinister”, “psychological” and “horror” on Wednesday afternoon.

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A victim survivor also voiced her criticism of the series. Rita Isbell, the sister of Errol Lindsey, who was killed by Dahmer in 1991, said in an essay for Insider that ‘it bothered me’ to have her victim statement from the murderer’s 1992 trial recreated on the program .

“I could even understand it if they gave some of the money to the children of the victims. … The victims have children and grandchildren,” Isbell wrote. “If the show somehow benefited them, it wouldn’t be so tough and reckless. It’s sad that they’re just making money out of this tragedy. It’s just greed.

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The most-watched Netflix series during the week of September 19-25 was Dahmer – Monster (it debuted on September 21). The streaming service claimed that in the show’s first week, its users watched it for more than 196 million hours around the world.