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Following backlash, Netflix strips 'LGBT' label from documentary about gay serial killer Jeff Dahmer

Advocates had claimed label put gay community in negative light.

Published: September 29, 2022 3:23pm

Updated: September 29, 2022 3:58pm

Netflix has stripped the LGBTQ label off a documentary about an infamous gay serial killer, with critics claiming that the tag would foster negative associations with the gay community. 

The streaming service had initially appended the label to its documentary "Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story." Dahmer was a U.S. serial killer whose brutal Milwaukee-area crimes involved necrophilia, cannibalism, and ultimately the murder of nearly 20 men and boys in the 1980s and 1990s. 

Persistent criticism on social media appears to have led Netflix to strip the title of its LGBTQ tag at some point over the last week. 

"[A]nyone else think it's pretty gross of [Netflix] to list Dahmer under [LGBTQ]?" one Twitter user wrote, with others calling the decision "slanderous" and "truly disgusting." 

Dahmer was convicted of his crimes in 1992. He was beaten to death in prison in 1994 at age 34. 

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