- Two Milwaukee LGBTQ bars have banned Jeffrey Dahmer Halloween costumes.
- Dahmer, who lived in Milwaukee, picked up several of his victims from a Milwaukee gay bar.
- A controversial Netflix series has brought the serial killer, who died in 1994, back into the spotlight.
Two LGBTQ bars in Milwaukee, Wis., will ban customers wearing Jeffrey Dahmer costumes over Halloween weekend, WISN 12 News reported.
D.IX and that’s it! said in statements that the costumes of the Milwaukee-based serial killer, who is back in the spotlight due to a hit Netflix series, are banned from their premises, noting that they would strike too close to home.
Dahmer, also known as the “Milwaukee Monster”, murdered and dismembered 17 young men between 1978 and 1991. The serial killer picked up several of his victims, the majority of whom were people of color, from a gay bar that he was dating in Milwaukee.
“Even though Dahmer was not a This is It! customer, the bar has been getting phone calls since the Netflix series aired because we are the oldest LGBTQ+ bar in Milwaukee and the Midwest,” This Is said. It! in a statement to WISN 12.
“This, coupled with the show’s popularity and people on social media toying with the idea that dressing like this evil person would be a good idea, has led the bar to state that such hateful and disrespectful costumes will not be not allowed in our space,” the statement continued.
Dahmer, who died in 1994, became known to a new generation after the release last month of a controversial and hugely popular Netflix series. Insider reported that TikTokers accused “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” of romanticizing and downplaying his crimes.
Eric Hamilton, a director of DIX, said in a statement that “naivety” might cause people who watched the show to wear a Dahmer costume.
“We understand there’s a generation that hasn’t been through this, maybe they don’t understand the seriousness of how it’s affected the community,” Hamilton said, according to WISN 12. “We don’t We don’t want to put customers in the situation where they have to see or relive something that they really had to experience. It’s not a costume. It’s not a costume.
CBS MoneyWatch reported that eBay banned the sale of Dahmer Halloween costumes and other accessories. The suits are in violation of the company’s “violence and violent criminals policy,” a spokesperson told CBS MoneyWatch.