"Dahmer" Creator Ryan Murphy Responds to Netflix's Removal of the LGBTQ Tag

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DAHMER - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story creator Ryan Murphy has broken his silence on certain controversies surrounding the Netflix series following its record-breaking success. He recently revealed that he reached out to the victims' families before moving forward with the production of the show and now, he is addressing the streaming platform's decision to remove the "LGBTQ" tag from the show's description.

Per Variety, the true crime show hit Netflix on September 21 and was categorized under the LGBTQ tag "for at least two days," before being officially removed on September 23. Subscribers even posted TikToks criticizing the streamer's initial decision to include the tag. "Why the f--k did Netflix tag the Jeffrey Dahmer documentary 'LGBTQ'? Like, I know it's technically true, but this is not the representation we're looking for," one person said.

Murphy, who is also known for other projects like Glee, American Horror Story, and The Watcher, recently spoke on the streamer's removal of the tag in The New York Times and revealed that he spoke to Netflix when it happened.

"I also don't think that all gay stories have to be happy stories," Murphy told the outlet. "There was a moment on Netflix where they removed the LGBTQ tag from Dahmer, and I didn't like it and I asked why they did that and they said because people were upset because it was an upsetting story."

"I was, like, 'Well, yeah.' But it was a story of a gay man and more importantly, his gay victims," he continued. When talking about criticisms surrounding the series and why it was created, Murphy said that he wanted to shed light on the racism and homophobia in Dahmer's infamous real-life case.

"It was the biggest thing I've ever seen that really sort of examines how easy it is to get away with things with the white privilege aspects," he explained. "What are the rules now? Should we never do a movie about a tyrant?"

Netflix has yet to respond to Murphy's claims about the series and their removal of the LGBTQ tag.

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