By Corey Atad.

The new series about one of America’s more notorious serial killers has stoked plenty of criticism.

Netflix premiered “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story”, starring Evan Peters, on Sept. 21, and almost immediately people began to find fault in the rollout.

Evan Peters Is Jeffrey Dahmer In Chilling New ‘Monster’ Trailer

As some on Twitter noted, Netflix had put an “LGBTQ” tag on the series, which struck many as the wrong move.

Dahmer, who brutally killed 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991, had come out as gay after a conviction for sexual assault in 1989, and again two years later.

It has been asserted that Dahmer used his homosexuality to secure a shorter sentence on the sexual assault conviction, and later used it to hoodwink police after a 14-year-old victim, who he later murdered, escaped his apartment.

Following backlash over applying the LGBTQ tag to the series, Netflix appears to have removed it, though they have not made any official comment.

Evan Peters Is Notorious Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer In First Set Photo From Ryan Murphy Netflix Series ‘Monster’

Meanwhile, the series has also faced criticism from the families of Dahmer’s victims, including the family of Errol Lindsey.

Lindsey’s sister Rita Isbell appeared in court to read a victim impact statement during Dahmer’s trial, which is depicted in the show.

“When I saw some of the show, it bothered me, especially when I saw myself — when I saw my name come across the screen and this lady saying verbatim exactly what I said,” Isbell told Insider in an interview. “If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought it was me. Her hair was like mine, she had on the same clothes. That’s why it felt like reliving it all over again. It brought back all the emotions I was feeling back then.”

She added that Netflix should have “asked if we mind or how we felt about making it. They didn’t ask me anything. They just did it.”

Isbell added, “It’s sad that they’re just making money off of this tragedy. That’s just greed.”


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