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TikTokers Called Out For Lusting After Evan Peters As Jeffrey Dahmer In New Netflix Series

TikTokers Called Out For Lusting After Evan Peters As Jeffrey Dahmer In New Netflix Series
@thelovelyloganblair/TikTok; @blackkout___/TikTok; @auntiesjx/TikTok

*The following article contains discussion of sexual assault

There truly are no limits to what social media users will get thirsty over—even serial killers, if some of the response to Netflix's series about Jeffrey Dahmer, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, is any indication.

As the Netflix series captured social media's attention, many on TikTok began making videos lusting after actor Evan Peters as Dahmer, and even feeling sorry for the notorious murderer, who killed and in some cases assaulted and cannibalized at least 17 gay men and teens in Milwaukee in the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

In TikToks like the one below, which shows part of a Monster scene in which Peters as Dahmer shows off his abs to seduce one of his victims, people confess to finding Dahmer downright thirst-enducing.

@thelovelyloganblair

forgive me 😂😂#dahmer #evanpeters #sofineforwhat

User @thelovelyloganblair admitted in her onscreen text that this was a sort of forbidden attraction, writing:

"like I know Dahmer is about a serial killer.... but the clutch Evan Peters had me in with this scene."

Other TikTokers have stopped short of thirst and instead expressed that they actually felt sorry for Dahmer after watching the series because of the mix of trauma and mental illness that may have contributed to his crimes.

@auntiesjx

I can’t be the only one? #fyp #jeffreydahmer #dahmer #phycology #empathy #stockholmsyndrome #serialkillee

As TikToker @auntiesjx put it:

"In my heart I feel really sorry for [Dahmer]. I feel really sorry for you that you're that lonely that this is the lengths that you go for wanting to feel close to somebody..."
"He was Lucifer himself, why do I feel sorry for him?"

Everyone's entitled to their opinions of course, but these aren't exactly the expected takes on... well, a monster, as the series' title suggests.

Accordingly, other TikTokers are calling them out as in the video seen below, in which TikToker @blackkout____ calls a woman out for feeling sorry for the way Dahmer himself died, by being brutally bludgeoned to death in prison.

@blackkout___

Im lost for words #dahmer

In his take, @blackkout____ pointed out that the majority of Dahmer's victims were people of color, adding a disturbing racial element to his already horrifying crimes. As he put it while addressing the TikToker who felt sorry for Dahmer:

"So you were completely fine... watching this serial killer dehumanize, drug, sexually assault and ultimately kill his victims, most of which were Black, brown or members of the LGBTQ+ community."
"But when said serial killer is killed himself, that's when you shed your first tear?"

And it's not just TikTok either. The trend of humanizing Dahmer either through thirst or empathy has been seen on Twitter as well, and has left many disturbed.




Monster has been controversial from the start, as many, including some of Dahmer's victims' families, have accused Netflix and show creator Ryan Murphy of sensationalizing and capitalizing off of Dahmer's sadistic crimes.

If you or someone you know experienced sexual assault, help is out there. You can reach the RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline by calling 1-800-656-4673, use their Live Chat tool: https://www.rainn.org/get-help, or visit the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s website.

In Canada, help is available through the Ending Violence Association of Canada website.

International resources can be found through the Rape Crisis Network Europe website.