Simone Biles has a message of caution for anyone thinking of dressing up as serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer for Halloween.
Following the release of Netflix’s true crime drama “Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” last month, some people were inspired to put together costumes of the “Milwaukee Cannibal,” who was convicted of killing and dismembering 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991. Most of Dahmer’s victims were homosexuals and people of color.
With Halloween just around the corner, Dahmer-related products have been spotted on platforms like eBay. The e-commerce company has banned the costumes from being sold on its site, and sellers are prohibited from listing items that “promote or glorify violence,” according to BuzzFeed.
On Tuesday, Biles expressed his disapproval of the trend in Twitterand urged people to put the costumes “back in the closet”.
“I’m just going to go ahead and say it, put the Jeffrey Dahmer costumes back in the closet,” the star gymnast wrote. “We are not going to have it!!!!!!!”
Biles isn’t the only one expressing her disdain on Twitter for the controversial wardrobe choice.
“It should be legal to kick every person in the shin wearing a Dahmer costume this Halloween,” wrote Kirk Medas, who appeared on MTV’s “Floribama Shore.”
“The number of Jeffrey Dahmer costumes this Halloween is going to be disgusting,” another Twitter commenter. said.
“If I see ANYONE dressed up as Jeffery Dahmer for Halloween, I’m not sorry,” another user wrote.
Evan Peters stars as Dahmer in Netflix’s limited drama, which has achieved huge success and become a streaming titan. second most popular Series in English of all time. The series also grossed most hours viewed on the platform than any program in English, except the fourth season of “Stranger Things”.
In addition, “Dahmer” accumulated 496 million hours watched in just 12 days, with Netflix estimating that at least 56 million households watched the series in less than two weeks.
Co-created by Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, the series has drawn criticism and backlash for its focus on the families of Dahmer’s victims. The real Dahmer died in 1994 at age 34, after being beaten by Christopher Scarver, a fellow inmate at Columbia Correctional Institution in Wisconsin.
The mother of Anthony Hughes, one of Dahmer’s victims, has spoken out in protest of the Netflix show.
“I don’t see how they can do that,” said Shirley Hughes, Tony’s mother. The Guardian earlier this month. “I don’t see how they can use our names and post stuff like that.”
Rita Isbell, the sister of Errol Lindsey, one of the men killed by Dahmer, also spoke to Insider about the show last month.
“I was never contacted about the show,” Isbell said. “I feel like Netflix should have asked if we cared or how we felt about doing it. They didn’t ask me anything. They just did it.”