Kids Dressing Up as Jeffery Dahmer for Halloween Spark Backlash, Mixed Reactions on Social Media
It's not even Oct. 31 yet, and Jeffery Dahmer is by far the most controversial costume this Halloween.
Netflix's "Monster: The Jeffery Dahmer Story" has brought renewed interest in one of the most notorious serial killers in history. Couple that with the timing of Halloween and it should come as no surprise that there are a lot of folks who a dressing up as Jeffery Dahmer.
As the holiday approaches, there have already been calls for people to avoid dressing up as the serial killer, as the series alone has sparked backlash for how disturbing it is, let alone the fact that Dahmer's horrendous acts are based on real events that affected real victims.
Those victims' family members are also real, and many of them have spoken out against the series, claiming that they were never even given the courtesy of knowing that this series would be produced and made available to watch on the streaming giant.
Dahmer murdered and dismembered seventeen men and boys, most of whom were Black, in Wisconsin between 1978 and 1991. He was sentenced to life in prison in 1992 and was beaten to death by a fellow inmate in 1994.
Now that the Dahmer costume is trending, family members and those who have spoken out against the series are going through it all over again; and while there has been backlash over people dressing up as Dahmer, the bulk of the outrage has centered around children dressing up as the serial killer.
While the reactions were mixed, many people pointed out that the kids probably didn't even know what they were dressing up as—oblivious to the controversy surrounding the serial killer.
Those that took issue argued that kids shouldn't be idolizing real-life murderers in comparison to made-up characters, superheroes, and villains.
eBay has reportedly shut down the sales of any listing "described as Jeffrey Dahmer costumes"; banning them from the platform and removing the items under its "Violence and Violent Criminal Policy."
Listings that promote or glorify violence or violent acts, or are associated with individuals who are notorious for committing violent acts, are not allowed.
According to ABC, there are still a few online sites like Etsy that bring up results like glasses and wigs when searching "Jeffery Dahmer costume" but anyone who dresses themselves or their kids up as Dahmer should definitely be prepared for backlash as more and more costumes are going viral on social media.
Personally, I think the majority of people who understand the background of Jeffery Dahmer and his heinous acts will avoid the controversy, but as usual, the controversy itself will be what drives others who want to be in the spotlight if they know that putting on the costume could cause them to go viral or, at minimum, antagonize their detractors.
As Halloween approaches, I'm curious to hear your opinion on this issue. I'm friends with people who have been on the other side of the true crime world, and it definitely sucks to have your trauma objectified for the sake of a costume or social media likes.
Sound off in the comments and give me all your thoughts.