After adding an LGBTQ tag to the new Jeffrey Dahmer series, Netflix has come under fire from viewers, who raged: "This is not the representation we're looking for."
Many criticised the streaming service, which has now deleted the tag, calling the decision "gobsmacked" and "disgusting."
The show centres on the notorious Milwaukee serial murderer, who killed 17 individuals between 1978 and 1991, a large number of them gay young African Americans.
Another person commented: I'm disgusted that they included the new Jeffrey Dahmer film in the LGBTQ category. NOT A QUEER STORY LIKE WTF,
After the topic was brought up on TikTok, someone else stated: "This is not the representation we're looking for."
Someone else joked, "Guys, my favourite LGBTQ Netflix series is Rupaul's Drag Race, Dahmer, and Queer Eye."
Another person remarked, "Please don't put an LGBTQ tag on the upcoming Dahmer series."
However, not everyone was against the notion; some cited the show's exploration of historical LGBTQ+ injustices as proof.
One said, "You've got to take the bad with the good," and another, "The Dahmer case is a big part of LGBTQ history; it's vital people realise he got away with so much."
In the early 2000s, the Toronto village killer was able to get away with his murders for the same reason, therefore the problem is still relevant, a third person noted.
Netflix has been approached by MailOnline for comment.
In the short-lived series, actor Evan Peters plays Jeffrey Dahmer.
It will recreate Dahmer's story from the viewpoint of his victims and examine significant oversights made by Wisconsin authorities in conducting the investigation into the notorious mass killer, who gained national attention for acts of cannibalism and necrophilia involving his victims.
Along with the directors Paris Barclay, Carl Franklin, and Janet Mock, the show also stars performers Niecy Nash, Penelope Ann Miller, Shaun J. Brown, Colin Ford, and Richard Jenkins.
Miller and Jenkins will portray Dahmer's parents, and Nash will play Glenda Cleveland, his neighbour who unsuccessfully sought to alert the authorities to his strange conduct.
Murphy and Peters have previously collaborated on a variety of projects, including Pose and nine of the ten seasons of American Horror Story.
In April, Peters spoke to Variety about the tedious effort of thoroughly researching Dahmer for the part.
I've watched so much television, read so much literature, and seen so much that there comes a time when you just have to say, "All right, that's enough," he remarked. There are scripts that are superbly written. You can include as much background information as you like, but ultimately we're not doing a documentary.
It's more important to keep the fundamental theme and purpose of the story consistent and use that as your compass throughout.
In 1992, Dahmer was found guilty of the 16 murders he had been accused of committing and received 16 life sentences.
In November 1994, Christopher Scarver, another prisoner at the Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, Wisconsin, beat him to death with a metal rod.
In the 2002 film Dahmer, in which Jeremy Renner portrayed the title character, as well as the 2017 film My Friend Dahmer, in which Ross Lynch portrayed a teenage version of the budding serial killer, the horrific story of Dahmer has been documented.
Murphy has specialised in retelling 1990s true crime stories; among his previous American Crime Story productions are The People V. O.J. Simpson (2016) and The Assassination of Gianni Versace (2018).