Netflix’s hit series “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” has renewed interest in the notorious serial killer just in time for the Halloween season, but at least one online retailer is shutting down sales of Dahmer costumes.
An eBay spokesperson confirmed to CNN that Jeffrey Dahmer costumes are prohibited on the platform and in an email list described in its “Violence and Criminal Violence Policy.”
The policy states, “Lists that promote or glorify violence or acts of violence or are associated with people known to commit acts of violence are not allowed.”
The spokesperson added that the Dahmer costume ban is not a new or new decision.
The series has sparked intense controversy for its portrayal of the serial killer. Some critics, such as Sara Stewart writing for CNN, have suggested that despite its attempts to focus on Dahmer’s victims, the show lacks sensitivity, especially since some of the victims’ families have said they were not consulted before being portrayed.
But the show, starring Evan Peters, has been hugely popular, garnering more than 196 million viewing hours in its first week of release.
Dahmer murdered and dismembered seventeen men and boys, mostly black, in Wisconsin between 1978 and 1991. In 1992 he was sentenced to life imprisonment, and in 1994 he was beaten by another prisoner.
As of Saturday afternoon, a search on eBay for “Jeffrey Dahmer costume” still shows a few listings, such as the real Dahmer and the light-up glasses that resemble Peters who plays Dahmer in the movie “Monster.” And other online retailers like Etsy also seem to be selling blond, clear glasses, and orange jumpsuits labeled as Jeffrey Dahmer outfits.
Gymnast Simone Biles has also spoken out against the costumes, “put the jeffrey dahmer costumes back in the wardrobe”. on Twitter last week