Netflix is no longer using the LGBTQ tag on its controversial series about deranged serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer following a furious backlash.
The streaming service hasn’t given an official reason for dropping the tag on “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” in which Evan Peters plays the late Milwaukee cannibal who murdered and cut up 17 men.
However, it followed several days of online outrage by disgusted viewers, many of whom tagged Netflix in their attacks.
“Why the hell did Netflix tag Jeffrey Dahmer’s LGBTQ documentary?” one person said on TikTok alongside images showing the old label alongside others for “sinister”, “psychological” and “”horror”.
“I mean, I know that’s technically true, but that’s not the representation we’re looking for,” the viewer, going by the name Lizthelezbo, added in the now-viral post.
Others shared screenshots on Twitter, saying the series – which outraged relatives of some of Dahmer’s victims – was flagged as of particular interest to gay, lesbian and trans viewers.
“Imagine clicking on the ‘LGBTQ’ category and this is what you get,” a nobody wrote of Peters’ chilling image as a cannibal.
Someone else called it “so fucked up” to market the show that way. “We are not claiming it!!! fk sick.
Another one critic wrote: “IF YOU TOLD ME NETFLIX WAS PUTTING A JEFFREY DAHMER BIOPIC IN THE LGBT SECTION, I WILL LITERALLY LAUGH AT YOU WHAT TIMELINE ARE WE IN.”
Not everyone was outraged, however, with others suggesting that a key theme highlighted by the true-crime series was how homophobia might have played a role in the cops not hadn’t investigated Dahmer earlier.
“The Dahmer case is such a huge part of LGBTQ history, it’s important that people know he got away with it so much,” one person said.
Another TikTok calling herself a ‘bi nurse’ said, “I mean, that’s something that’s had a huge impact on the lgbtq community, isn’t it? An educational purpose?!”
Another person pointed out that the show “also tells the stories of some of the men who lost their lives, as well as portraying their families.”
Netflix did not immediately respond to a request for comment early Tuesday.
New York Post