Netflix's 'Dahmer' Series Sparks Disturbing TikTok Trend

The new Netflix show Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story has dominated online discussions over the past week, as the show dramatizing the murders of Jeffrey Dahmer continues to divide viewers.

The show follows the timeline of Dahmer's murders from the perspective of his victims, the people who tried to stop him, and those who knew him. Dahmer stars Evan Peters as the infamous serial killer who murdered at least 17 men and boys—many of whom were people of color—from 1978 to 1991.

The series has already drawn criticism for turning these real-life murders into entertainment, with the families of some of the victims expressing their objection to the show and claiming they were not contacted by Netflix, consulted, or even asked permission for their loved ones' murders to be reenacted for television.

Recently an even more disturbing trend has emerged on social media with viewers posting videos claiming that the series wasn't gory or gruesome enough.

YouTuber Not Even Emily brought attention to the trend on Twitter with a viral tweet posted on September 30.

"There is a whole trend of white women on tiktok flexing how they were so 'unbothered' and 'unfazed' by the dahmer series on netflix. if you find the depiction heinous targeted murders of LGBT and black/brown people 'not disturbing enough' then something is wrong with you," she tweeted.

Not Even Emily pointed out some videos made by TikTok users expressing their disappointment that the show didn't go far enough.

One user by, the name of kirsten.soap shared a video with the caption: "When everyone is freaking out about how 'morbid' the new Dahmer show is... and you're just bummed they didn't show the actual morbid parts..."

@kirsten.soap My feelings are ehhh 50/50 on the new Dahmer series...🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ #jeffreydahmer #serialkiller #netflixseries #fyp ♬ Netflix Dahmer Series Song - John Buck

Her video has been met with backlash and she also received criticism for wearing Jeffery Dahmer earrings.

Another user, called @hereiscourtney, who appears to have deleted her TikTok account, shared a similar video with the caption: "Raise your hand if you were part of the handful of people who were completely unbothered by the Dahmer series and is watching it again."

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Family members of the victims of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer talk to the press outside the courtroom where Dahmer's trial took place wearing photographs of their murdered loved ones. Dahmer stood trial for murdering and dismembering several men and was sentenced to 15 consecutive life terms in prison. The new Netflix show about Dahmer has generated online backlash. Ralf-Finn Hestoft/Corbis via Getty Images

Another user, @tbrissk, shared a video with the caption: "When everyone is having a problem finishing the Jeffrey Dahmer series but you finished it and wished it had more gore in it." This user also appears to have deleted their account.

When police raided the real Dahmer's apartment in 1991, they discovered a human head in the refrigerator, two plastic bags in the freezer containing a human heart, and another containing a set of male genitalia.

They found five human skulls, knives, hammers, and saws in the bedroom. There was also a complete human skeleton in one drawer and a 57-gallon vat filled with acid and three torsos, as well as other body parts.

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Evan Peters as Jeffrey Dahmer in episode 102 of Dahmer. Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. Netflix

Known at the time as "The Milwaukee Cannibal", Dahmer engaged in necrophilia and cannibalism in his later murders. In recorded interviews with police, Dahmer described his crimes in detail, including his experience of eating human flesh.

Newsweek has reached out to Not Even Emily, and attempted to reach out to the TikTok users who posted about the series for comment.

This trend comes as Netflix has removed an LGBTQ tag from the series after the streaming giant was criticized for labeling the show as such, to begin with.

Meanwhile, Rita Isbell, whose 19-year-old brother was murdered by Dahmer in 1991, has spoken out about upsetting the situation has been.

"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.

On Twitter, the cousin of Dahmer victim Errol Lindsey, Eric Perry, tweeted that the show is "retraumatizing [the family] over and over again, and for what? How many movies/shows/documentaries do we need?"