People can truly make a business out of anything and everything. As “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” becomes the second-most watched show in Netflix’s history despite the backlash from victim families, people are going bonkers over the serial killer. Now, Jeffrey-inspired Halloween t-shirts are selling fast on eBay despite criticism.
Stop Idolising A Serial Killer!
From sweaters that read: “I eat guys like you for breakfast”, to replicas of Jeffrey’s thin-framed glasses, Dahmer-inspired Halloween costumes are selling fast on eBay. Shockingly, some of the props for sale are made for children’s costumes.
For instance, one child’s rendition of the ‘Milwaukee Cannibal’ on social media recently went viral. Online retailers suggest that Jeffrey’s costumes are “easy to put together”. Apart from his dirty blonde wig and striped shirt tucked into khaki pants, eBay is also selling his replica glasses for $19.86 a piece.
Famous Halloween costume retailers Spirit, Halloween.com, and Get together Metropolis is not promoting any official Jeffrey Dahmer costumes. On the other hand, sites who are promoting Jeffrey-inspired costumes, are even showing a step-by-step guide on finding the right Halloween costume that replicates Jeffrey Dahmer.
What Do The Critics Suggest?
However, there has been a massive outrage from critics who believe that dressing up as the “Milwaukee Monster”, who killed and decapitated 17 young men and boys, is unacceptable. They even urged everyone to stop idolizing the serial killer. Many netizens reminded their people that buying such costumes is not only tasteless but also hurtful towards the families of the victims.
One Twitter user wrote, “ppl are now considering dressing up as Jeffrey Dahmer for Halloween….. that series was the worst thing that could’ve happened.” Another wrote, “attention white people. DO NOT AND I MEAN DO NOT DRESS AS JEFFREY DAHMER FOR HALLOWEEN AND STOP MAKING TIKTOKS ABOUT HIM. Gen Z needs therapy. Stop glamorising serial killers.
One person wrote, Please do not ‘Cosplay’ or dress up as Jeffrey Dahmer for Halloween. Stop idolizing a horrific human that committed atrocious crimes. It’s f—ing weird. Go to therapy to work through your weird a– obsession, too. That s–t is not healthy.”
Jeffrey Dahmer sexually abused, murdered and dismembered 17 innocent men and boys, mostly people of color. Despite being condemned by the families of victims, Netflix’s “Monster” has become the second-most watched series after Stranger Things. However, the series has witnessed massive backlash from the families of Jeffrey’s victims.
For instance, Shirley Hughes, mother of Tony Hughes, one of Dahmer’s victims, recently criticized the show for its exploitative approach to Dahmer’s murders: “I don’t see how they can do that. “I don’t see how they can use our names and put stuff out like that out there.” However, she also narrated that her son’s murder didn’t happen the same way it has been depicted in the series.
Apart from this, Rita Isbell, who is the sister of Jeffrey Dahmer’s 11th victim, Errol Lindsey, referred to Netflix as “greedy”. She even revealed that she doesn’t have to watch the show because she has actually lived all of it.
Jeffrey Dahmer was killed by a fellow inmate, Christopher Scarver, after serving only two years in prison. He escaped the death penalty as the same was abolished by the State of Wisconsin way back in 1953. As for these disgusting Halloween costumes, do you think it’s okay to dress up like a serial killer? Halloween is supposed to be scary, isn’t it?