For anyone considering dressing up as serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer for Halloween, Simone Biles has a word of caution. Some people have been motivated to create costumes of the “Milwaukee Cannibal” after Netflix’s true crime film “Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” debuted last month.
The “Milwaukee Cannibal” was found guilty of killing and dismembering 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991. Gay men and people of color made up the majority of Dahmer’s victims. Dahmer-related items have been seen on websites like eBay as Halloween approaches.
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According to BuzzFeed, the e-commerce giant has prohibited the sale of the costumes on its website, and vendors are not permitted to feature goods that “promote or celebrate violence.” Biles criticized the trend on Twitter on Tuesday and advised followers to “put the costumes back in the closet.”
im just gon go head and say it, put the jeffrey dahmer costumes back in the closet. we ain’t having it!!!!!!
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) October 19, 2022
The top gymnast wrote, “I’m just gon’ go ahead and say it, put the Jeffrey Dahmer costumes back in the closet.” We won’t stand for it! Biles is not the only person who has expressed their disgust over the contentious costume choice on Twitter. MTV’s “Floribama Shore” cast member Kirk Medas wrote, “It should be legal to kick every individual in the shin who wears a Dahmer costume this Halloween.”
It should be legal to kick every person in the shin who wears a Dahmer costume this Halloween
— Kirk Medas (@KirkMedas) October 15, 2022
Another Twitter user remarked, “The number of Jeffrey Dahmer costumes this Halloween is going to be horrible.
The amount of Jeffrey Dahmer costumes this Halloween is gonna be disgusting
— kingblicc (@_sosablicc) October 14, 2022
Another person commented, “Hands will be thrown if I see ANYONE dress up as Jeffrey Dahmer for Halloween,” and she was not sorry.
if i see ANYONE dress up as jeffery dahmer for halloween hands will be thrown i’m not sorry
— KARS ✩ didnt want to be a half-blood (@ASAPfugo) October 6, 2022
The Netflix limited drama, which stars Evan Peters as Jeffrey Dahmer, has been a huge hit and is now the second-most watched English-language programme ever on the streaming giant. Apart from the fourth season of “Stranger Things,” the series racked up more hours watched on the platform than any other English-language programme.
Furthermore, “Dahmer” received 496 million hours of viewing in just 12 days, and according to Netflix, at least 56 million households watched the show online in less than two weeks. The show, which Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan co-created, has come under fire for its treatment of the relatives of Dahmer’s victims.
The actual Jeffrey Dahmer passed away in 1994 at the age of 34 after being assaulted by fellow prisoner Christopher Scarver in Wisconsin’s Columbia Correctional Institution. One of Dahmer’s victims, Anthony Hughes, had a mother who spoke out against the Netflix programme. Tony Hughes’ mother Shirley Hughes told The Guardian earlier this month, “I don’t understand how they can do that.”
“I don’t see how they can take our names and spread information like that.” The sister of one of the victims of Dahmer, Errol Lindsey, Rita Isbell, also talked to Insider about the programme last month. Isbell claimed, “I was never approached about the show. “I believe Netflix ought to have inquired about whether we mind or how we felt about creating it. I wasn’t questioned in any way. They simply did it.