It’s been revealed that Netflix has removed the LGBTQ tag on their new Jeffrey Dahmer series after viewer backlash, and I’m shocked that it was on there in the first place! The series was created by Ryan Murphy and stars Evan Peters in the titular role. However, viewers were shocked to see that the series had the LGBTQ tag on Netflix, and they took to Twitter to complain.
It didn’t take Netflix too long to remove the tag, but the thing is, this series was released back on September 21st. So it actually took Netflix and viewers a while to see this issue. The series is a limited series, and it’s all about the serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer. The limited series, called Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, stars Evan Peters as the notorious serial killer. It was revealed that the show was categorized under the LGBTQ tag for at least two days. It was then revealed by Variety that the LGBTQ tag was officially removed by Friday, September 23rd.
Jeffrey Dahmer series had an LGBTQ tag on Netflix
When people discovered that the new Netflix series was categorised as LGBTQ content on the streaming platform, they took to social media to call the streamer out and demand them to take the tag down. Many subscribers condemned Netflix for the decision. You would usually see the tag next to content such as Heartstopper and Sex Education, which makes a lot of sense given those shows’ content. They include LGBTQ characters, and they put the subject matter in a positive light, which is great! The Dahmer series does not do that. Yes, it technically does feature an LGBTQ character. Dahmer was gay, but he was also a serial killer.
One viewer took to TikTok and explained: “This is not the representation we’re looking for.”
Another subscriber then wrote on Twitter:
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.
People were not happy with Netflix’s decision to tag the show as LGBTQ content
All shows and movies on the streaming platform are sorted into categories. This is in order to help drive the streaming platform’s search algorithm. I’m also pretty sure that it also helps with the suggested content that you might see when you open up the Netflix app. As for the Ryan Murphy series, it was initially categorised as LGBTQ content, but it was also put in other categories such as “ominous,” “psychological,” “horror,” “vintage crime”, and “dark.” It’s certainly all of those things, apart from LGBTQ content.
After the series was released on September 21st, it’s become a huge hit with subscribers. It was revealed that the show’s been the best performing show on Netflix since Stranger Things Season 4 was released. I’m halfway through the series myself, and I have to say that I’ve been enjoying it so far, and I love Evan Peters’ performance in the show.
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